Aztec appointed to undertake Exchange Quay Reception Refurbishments

North West based Contractor Aztec, have been appointed to undertake the reception refurbishment and upgrade at Building 8 – Exchange Quay, one of Manchester’s leading office developments with Building 5’s reception to follow.

Aztec were invited to by Till AM to collaborate and work in partnership with Jasper Sanders and Partners who produced the specification, design and 3D walkthrough.

The design concepts for both buildings looks to carefully restore the design intent of the original buildings. The site sits close to two canal systems which the original architects used as inspiration for a maritime theme. The impressive buildings will have their grandeur restored with new wall panelling, beautiful joinery and finishes that bring the external materials and finishes from outside in. The intention is to give the buildings back their classic sense of identity, with added purpose appropriate to modern ways of working.

Acting for Ekistics, investment manager at Exchange Quay, Till Asset Management, has announced the reception upgrades as part of the team’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the occupier experience at Exchange Quay, which, at 435,000 sq ft, is one of the largest office developments in the North West with more than 4,000 workers.

The investment into the reception remodelling works follows on from the delivery of the 26,000 sq ft ICE building which provides contemporary Grade A office accommodation together with a café bar, business lounge and communal meeting space, and is already more than 60% let.

Exchange Quay, which has its own Metrolink tram stop, is located approximately 1.5 miles to the south west of Manchester city centre and is strategically located just off Trafford Road which links Salford Quays to both Manchester city centre and the regional motorway network.

Les Lang, director at Till Asset Management, said: “We will have additional areas for occupiers to utilise, with breakout areas and booths for informal meetings and look forward to seeing works progress in the forthcoming weeks.”

Jasper Sanders, design director at Jasper Sanders + Partners, said: “Exchange Quay is one of the North’s most impressive office developments and we were excited to have the opportunity to redesign the entrances for two of the prominent office buildings.

“Our focus was on function, purpose, activity and creating a sense of culture, whilst allowing for alternative activities such as coffee break spaces and meeting areas to give greater space options for the occupiers.

“The result will be fresh, functional space that serves a purpose for the tenants while creating a lasting impression for visitors.”

Paul Ashmore, Associate – Pre-Contracts at Aztec, said “We feel proud and very privileged to be a part of the process, working on this flagship office building in Manchester. There is currently a shortage of good quality Grade A stock in the Manchester at present – Exchange Quay being an exception. This is a highly desirable location, with already exceptionally accommodating floor plates. Now, with the added benefit of this new, beautifully appointed reception to the building. We believe the few remaining suites are going to be in high demand and fully occupied in a very short space of time.

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