No.1 Spinningfields, Manchester

BAM’s design and build of the £73 million No.1 Spinningfields project, is based on the site of the former Quay House, Quay Street, Manchester.

It comprises a podium that dramatically cantilevers over Quay Street and Byrom Street, with a smaller cantilever over the Hardman Square entrance, which further enhances the public realm. A pedestrian route through the ground floor will provide direct access between Quay Street and Hardman Square.

Project details

  • Customer: Allied London

  • Architect: Axis

  • Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald

  • Quantity Surveyor:  Gardiner & Theobald

  • Structural Engineer: ROC Consulting

  • M&E Consultants: Grontmij

  • Value: £73 million

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25,000 Fact icon square feet the size of the floor plates on each of the building’s 24 storeys
2150 Fact icon tonnes the amount of set concrete poured by 150 successive lorry deliveries
165 Fact icon meters the height of the tower crane, ‘jumped’ four times from its normal height

The 24 storey Grade A office development has over 260,000 sq ft of space and floor plates of up to 25,000 sq ft.

As well as a striking glazed façade, we are building ground floor and mezzanine reception areas, providing space for restaurants, cafés and a business lounge. The rooftop restaurant of 6,738 sq ft will open onto a garden terrace. The two basement levels will have parking for 115 cars, 10 motorcycles and secure storage for 120 bicycles with showers and lockers provided.

No.1 Spinningfields will achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and be built in 97 weeks.

Progress to June 2016

The structural steel frame is currently around level seven of the main concrete core to the East side of the building. To the west side, it is moving up to level five.

Blockwork and mechanical & electrical services have begun on the lower levels of the building and these will progress upward chasing the frame progression towards the upper levels.

During late July the façade works to the building will begin on level one of the building and progress upwards at a rate of one floor every two weeks.

Crane your neck!

No.1 Spinningfields made its mark on the Manchester skyline with the erection of the first of three tower cranes. The 117 metre tall crane began to go up in the early hours one Saturday morning and by Sunday evening it was complete. It remains in place for 63 weeks and it will have climbed twice to a height of 165 metres, just four metres below Manchester’s tallest landmark, Beetham Tower, when it comes down.

The process drew a crowd of onlookers throughout the day who marvelled at the scale of the operation and in particular the team involved who were working at height.

“This is a big milestone for the project and it’s great that people are so interested in what we’re doing here. Our team did a fantastic job of getting the crane up over the weekend in the heart of the city centre with minimal disruption. Workers from our subcontractor, Select Plant, certainly showed their bravery to people in Manchester while working at such a height, and we would like to reassure people that they are fully trained and extremely well experienced in all the required safety precautions, remaining fully harnessed at all times.”

Tony Grindrod

Construction Director

It’s not just definite, it’s concrete

The building also made its presence felt with an unprecedented concrete pour. 150 wagons arrived and successively poured concrete to form the ‘core 1 base’ for the 24 storey structure. Over 860 cubic metres was poured during the massive logistics exercise, the equivalent of 2150 tonnes when set.

“This may be the biggest single concrete pour BAM has ever done and it forms the base of the Core 1 structure that will support the 24 storey concrete core above along with the 60 concrete piles each passing down 20m into the bedrock below. Over the next few weeks a Slipform rig will be erected on site 26m by 20m in plan that will be used to form the core which is nearly 100m tall. The No1 Spinningfields project will gather pace when the structural steelwork starts to emerge from the basement and follow the concrete core up the building with a workforce of over 600 expected to be involved in the project at its peak.”

Tony Grindrod

Construction Director

“It is great to see that we are on schedule with the construction programme for No.1 Spinningfields, which will be a world-class commercial office building in one of Europe’s most successful regeneration developments. Allied London is delivering what will be the finest and highest specified business environment in Manchester with a rooftop bar, restaurant and terrace, a premium business lounge, innovative amenity and flexible fit-out options.”

Graham Skinner

Allied London’s Development Director

“After the Chinese President visited two of our recent buildings (Manchester City Football Academy and the National Graphene Institute), we feel BAM is delivering Manchester’s crown jewels of construction.”

Tony Grindrod

Construction Director