A new office block in Spinningfields is set to form the front of Manchester's main business district.

Developer Allied London has applied for planning permission, which was submitted by Deloitte Real Estate, to build the ten-storey structure. The newly-named The Cotton Building scheme has been designed by architect Cartwright Pickard and is aimed at serving the technology, media and telecoms sector. The original concept for the new office block was unveiled at the MPIM property convention in 2012.

Now officials are just waiting to be given the green light to so that construction work can get underway as soon as possible. Spinningfields was first developed in 2000 designed to be a business, retail and residential hub of Manchester city centre. It is complete with bars and restaurants, offices and a range of flats for professionals looking for a place to live in the heart of the city.

The Cotton Building development will not solely be restricted to offices as officials explained the other uses of the structure. There will be the inclusion of communal workspace, co-location facilities, a gym and wellbeing centre as well as further cafes, bars and restaurants. Developers have given a nod to the environment with the installation of a bicycle park with it own entrance while there will also be a series of building and service concierges.

Michael Ingall, chief executive officer of Allied London said: “We have been spending valuable time designing the model since we launched the concept, and are now in a position to deliver what will be one of Manchester’s and in fact our, most exciting buildings.

"The workspace market has changed and evolved significantly in the last three years and we needed to develop property to reflect this.”

Allied London has not given a timeline of when The Cotton Building will be finished and is waiting on a decision from planners at Manchester City Council before making further announcements.

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