Case study / The Courthouse
Henry Boot Developments speculatively purchased the former Manchester County Court Buildings on Deansgate in the heart of the City Centre. The potential of this land mark building was realised early on, despite the reality of how much work was required to bring the vacant Grade II Listed building back into beneficial use.
Detailed negotiations with English Heritage and the City Council were completed resulting in the granting of planning and listed building consent for a vibrant mixed use office, restaurant and retail development of 36,500 sq ft. We were keen to ensure that the character of this landmark building was retained and enhanced whilst being able to deliver flexible, high quality commercial space. Through careful design we managed to generate a 40% increase in the commercial floor area which included a contemporary extension to the rear of the building.
All of the office space was taken at an early stage by the 210 year old Manchester based institution The Oddfellows Society for a headquarters operation. Success in the leisure elements followed swiftly with lettings secured to Handmade Burger Company and Hawskmoor.