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11 York Street

Manchester, UK


project overview

Grade A office transforming Manchester’s thriving business district

In the heart of Manchester’s central business district, 11 York Street is an exceptional landmark addition to the area. It delivers the very best modern workplace, changing how people work in the city.

Providing highly sought after Grade A office space, the development replaces the existing Oddfellows House.

Blending seamlessly into the urban fabric alongside its neighbouring buildings, including the Grade II listed former National Westminster Building. The workplace is designed with the future in mind, acknowledging the differing needs of employers and employees.

project aims

Changing how the city works, together

Our thoughtful reinvigoration of 11 York Street brings to its pivotal location what the existing building couldn’t.

Due to its poor state, the Oddfellows building was unsuitable for refurbishment. Part of this was that the building was unable to meet the energy performance demands of a modern office space, and it no longer served its purpose to workers in the city.

But seeing the site’s potential, we worked to create a space that would work as a catalyst for change in the district.

Our design was developed through a four-part response to the brief - heritage, landmark, flexibility and skyline.

The building is now energy efficient, cost-effective, and targeted to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

It sympathetically acknowledges the needs of a contemporary office and is designed with flexibility at the heart, accommodating a variety of peoples’ working needs.


design concept

Contemporary design, full of character

In keeping with its cultural heritage, the building was designed to mirror the lines, shapes, form and colours of its surrounding buildings. We also worked to ensure the building was considerate of the height of nearby buildings, weaving into the space respectfully.

The high-quality concrete frame is coloured to reflect Portland stone, much of which you will find on the surrounding buildings on York Street, matching the tone of the surrounding architecture.

The facade concept is simple yet effective. Reflecting the internal structural grid, it is divided into square bays, creating a greater connection to the outside as you look in.

We decided that York Street would be a more desirable location for the building's entrance - solidifying its presence as a landmark in the business district. The significant corner feature and double height lobby is a key design element and provides clear direction to the entrance.

A testament to forward-thinking design, each floor has the potential to be split into three suites, bringing endless opportunity for a range of different requirements. Whilst the original concept was to be for commercial office use, the space is adaptable for a range of purposes.

A carefully designed planning grid means that a wide range of office layouts can be accommodated from open plan call-centre type operations to individual cellular offices and meeting rooms.

The upper floors of the building break free of the concrete frame to highlight a clearly defined 'top' that sits pleasantly on the horizon. Variations in scales and materials on York Street makes for a more interesting skyline.

design features

Setting the tone for modern working

Designed to meet the British Council for Offices (BCO) Best Practice requirements, 11 York Street sets a benchmark in providing a vibrant working environment where people can thrive.

With generous floor to ceiling height at 2,800mm, employees benefit from plenty of natural light throughout the day, helping them to focus and boosting their productivity as they work.

The development promotes a healthier, greener lifestyle by integrating bike storage and shower facilities, encouraging employees to take a more active commute to the office, or even a cycle around the city during a lunch break.

The roof terrace sits as an ideal spot to connect with co-workers and promoting collaboration. The space is designed to suit the people who use it which is key to driving productivity in the workplace, and can boost people’s confidence as they grow.

project overview

Project summary


Manchester, M2 2BE


Kier Property






BREEAM Excellent


3,505 m2


Grade A office building


Insider North West Property Awards 2023
Shortlisted - Commercial Development of the Year Award


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