SMALL OFFICE WINNER
35 Fountain Street | Manchester, United Kingdom
5plus Architects | Manchester, United Kingdom

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Design Statement:
The project brief was to separate the building from 17 York Street, creating a new front door and commercial address. This submission deals exclusively with the ground floor element of the project. A tenant hub is positioned directly behind the reception offers. The Hub is intended to be a club-class lounge for the buildings occupiers. The tenant hub is designed to be a high quality desirable space. A small retail unit is positioned to take advantage of the high volume of passing trade along Marble Street, as well as serving the building occupiers and guests via the tenant hub. At the rear of the building a secure store for 110 bikes with showers and lockers. The bike store has it's own entrance and identity within the building, and promotes sustainable travel. The key innovation within this project was to give up office space on the ground floor in lieu of the tenant hub and cycle store. This is socially innovative and unique in the Manchester market. There is no speculative office development which has gone to such lengths in creating a social hub for the buildings occupiers. Creating such a strong design identity is innovative in a market where a conservative approach to interior design usually takes precedent. The integration of the cycling store is also innovative. The cycle hub is intentionally striking to give it a unique identity. Well designed, secure and an asset to the office component of the development.
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