Introducing proposals for the redevelopment of Alberton House
Bruntwood Works presents proposals for a globally leading new workspace to replace the current Alberton House on St. Mary’s Parsonage. The proposed new building, to be known as 'The Alberton', is a striking 18-storey structure that will become the flagship property in Bruntwood Works’ Pioneer programme; workspaces of the future that focus on the six core principles of sustainability, amenity, wellbeing, art, technology and biophilia.
As one of the region’s largest commercial office portfolio owners and as a developer with an extensive track record, Bruntwood Works has an unrivalled understanding of the North West workspace market. Our SME customers in nearby office locations have expressed a need for larger floor plates to support their growth, therefore the proposals for the redevelopment of Alberton House seek to meet these requirements.
As part of the development process, Bruntwood Works has considered a range of options to best deliver new high quality office space that both enhances the site and improves the way in which it engages with the surrounding area. The emerging proposals have been informed by a comprehensive assessment of the existing site and locality, and have been directly informed by the objectives and guiding development principles set out within Manchester City Council's St. Mary's Parsonage Strategic Regeneration Framework (2020).
Subject to securing planning permission, Bruntwood Works proposes to demolish the existing Alberton House and in its place deliver an 18 storey high quality office-led mixed use building that includes a range of wider public benefits, including job creation, a publicly accessible ground floor and delivery of an improved public realm. The proposals present a major investment that will further catalyse and positively contribute to the future regeneration of the St. Mary’s Parsonage area and the wider city centre.
Following consultation and consideration of any feedback, Bruntwood Works will progress the proposals through the planning process and target submission of planning application in spring 2022.
Alongside Bruntwood Works as developer and owner, The Alberton project team comprises EPR as architects, Planit IE as the landscape designers, Stephen Levrant as heritage consultant, and Deloitte LLP as planning consultants. The team is supported by a range of consultants providing professional technical advice on the development of the scheme.
Net Zero Carbon
Bruntwood became the first property company in the UK to sign up to the World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment back in 2018. We have outlined clear ambitions for all areas under our control to operate at NZC by 2030 and all buildings to have Net Zero embodied Carbon by 2050.
The proposal for The Alberton will deliver an operationally net zero carbon contemporary office building, considerably improving on the sustainability of the existing structure.
Bruntwood Works undertook extensive analysis of the various options for delivering development at the site. Initially, this analysis assessed the options for extending and retaining the existing building as the preferred approach, given this would have been the most carbon efficient option. Unfortunately, followed this detailed analysis and assessment the structural solution for extending and retaining the existing building presented fundamental viability challenges and therefore could not be progressed.
In light of the viability issues with the preferred approach, Bruntwood Works have developed an alternative redevelopment proposal which builds in sustainability at all stages of the design process and is targeting NABERS accreditation, which is an energy use rating for office buildings specifically.
Made in Manchester
Architecturally, the striking visual appearance of The Alberton will become an iconic standout feature on the local skyline. Its character belongs to Manchester, representing a modern Cottonopolis in its contemporary warehouse aesthetic; visions of Manchester’s mills and industrial history delivered in an entirely modern manner.
Our proposed approach would see office-led redevelopment comprising demolition of the existing building and erection of a new 18 storey building offering high quality office accommodation as well as retail/café at ground floor and a wellness centre in the two storey rooftop pavilion.