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A new era for iconic Manchester tower as Society is launched

19 10 21 A new era for iconic Manchester tower as Society is launched hero

Following the completion of a comprehensive repositioning strategy for the former CIS Tower in Manchester city centre, Castlebrooke Investments has today launched Society.

The launch marks a new era for an iconic building and represents a re-imagining of Manchester’s first ever skyscraper. Society has been repurposed to deliver the best working environment in the city to meet the expectations of Manchester’s diverse and growing business community, and the demands of an international city.

“The tower has been at the forefront of innovation in Manchester city centre since it was first erected in the 1960s,” said a spokesperson from Castlebrooke. “Our redevelopment strategy continues this forward-thinking tradition, re-imagining the building to form a vertical district that will attract distinct user types to its three component parts – tower, podium, and street – as the way we work and live in the city evolves.

“Together these components facilitate the coming together of a new society, offering all the facilities of a HQ environment with flexible workspaces, meeting rooms, conference suites and the convenience of on-site amenities, which are ideal for Manchester’s international business community.”

The 425,000 sq ft building has been split into three distinct sections to appeal to a diverse, yet connected, business community; tower, a total of 143,527 sq ft across 26 floors offering spectacular views across the city; podium, 207,379 sq ft of the largest and most flexible office floorplates in Manchester designed to accommodate multiple layout options, with break out zones and privacy booths throughout; and street, where a mix of F&B, retail and leisure amenities will combine to create a desirable meeting place for a new working community in the heart of the city.

Michael Hawkins, Director & Head of National Offices Agency, Colliers adds: “Society is a celebration of all Manchester was, is and can be. Castlebrooke’s redevelopment and rebranding of this important building respects its rich heritage, with a subtle nod to its origins as the home of the Co-operative Insurance Society since the 1960s, while also positioning the building to cater for current and future occupier requirements, creating an environment that meets the diverse needs of Manchester’s ever-evolving business community.”

Strategically located in one of Manchester’s most lively districts, with NOMA, the Northern Quarter, and the central business district neighbouring this island site, Society also benefits from being adjacent to the city’s only multi-nodal transport hub.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This is a landmark site with a proud history which has been honoured through Castlebrooke’s sympathetic redevelopment programme. Society complements the established neighbourhood of vibrant communities in this part of the city and marks an exciting new era for the building and a creative re-imagining of an established working environment, which Manchester’s business community will no doubt embrace.”

Find out more about Society here

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I have over 28 years experience in the Real Estate profession, focused on the North West of England but with particular emphasis on Manchester City Centre. Ten of those years was as lead Director of Lambert Smith Hampton’s Office Agency Department and after that ten years as the Principal Development, Investment, Office Agency Director at my own firm WHR. Based in Colliers Manchester office I offer a depth and breadth of commercial experience to Investors, Developers, Landlords and Occupiers with particular regard to complex mixed use scheme with a focus on procurement of Planning, Development, Letting and Disposal of City Centre office schemes. I deal with all aspects of office agency where I have been one of the principle protagonists for the evolution of Manchester’s City Centre office market. My role includes providing Developers / Investors a unique insight into occupational requirements and how they should and will influence the design criteria of complex refurbished projects as well as ground up new build schemes. I pride myself in delivering performance for Colliers clients in a competitive market place.

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