Bruntwood, the provider of serviced workspace, leased offices and coworking space, has announced a £50m renovation project across its portfolio in the North and the Midlands. The programme focuses on improving six key themes across its buildings, including technology and sustainability, biophilia, wellbeing, amenity and art.
The first phase of the project involves major renovation of two buildings in Manchester, 111 Piccadilly and Blackfriars, and the Cornwall Buildings in Birmingham, with work scheduled to start in June this year. The programme will later roll out to more sites in the office provider’s regional portfolio, which consists of £937m of assets across Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds and Cheshire.
111 Piccadilly will undergo a major transformation, adding a new café and lounge on the ground floor, as well as exhibition and event space. A large planted entrance is also being designed and installed on the London Road entrance, while garden space is being created outside the reception doors.
Changes to Blackfriars include the addition of a rooftop restaurant and bar with rooftop gardens, featuring panoramic views across the city. The ground floor space will feature a café, along with a lounge, event space and new coworking spaces. Additional impressive new features include the construction of a balcony over the River Irwell, and new on-site artwork in the newly created ‘lightwell’, which will offer the opportunity to project interactive light art into the space.
The Cornwall Buildings in Birmingham will see the addition of a new reception with break out areas and coworking spaces, as well as an in-house barista coffee station. Tenants of the Cornwall Buildings’ will also have access to gym facilities, bike storage and a roof garden at neighbouring Cornerblock. As part of its artists in residence programme, a year’s free studio space in the basement is being offered, which will see a new partnership formed with Birmingham School of Art, giving students the opportunity for their work to be showcased throughout the building.
Ciara Keeling, CEO of Bruntwood Works, said “This is just the start of an exciting period of growth for Bruntwood Works. This investment will ensure our customers continue to have exciting, innovative and inspirational spaces to work and socialise in.
“They will offer a wide range of flexible and collaborative work environments for the wider Bruntwood community to benefit from, with outstanding wellness, retail and leisure facilities at their heart - making our workspaces healthier, happier, connected and more eco-friendly places to be.”