Press Release:
SimpsonHaugh architects complete Manchester’s new 20-storey landmark building, No.1 Spinningfields

SimpsonHaugh has completed No.1 Spinningfields, a £73million development that marks the culmination of Spinningfields, a thriving office-led, mixed-use district on the western edge of Manchester’s city centre.

No.1 Spinningfields has attracted high-calibre tenants including professional services firm PwC and shared workspace provider WeWork. Marks & Spencer has opened a Foodhall on the ground floor and D&D London is fitting out the restaurant on the 19th floor, which will be the highest restaurant in Manchester. Schroders recently bought the building from Allied London for £200m in the biggest single office acquisition to take place in the region.

Delivering 270,000sq ft of Category A office accommodation, the new 20-storey landmark building is the focal point of the Spinningfields area.

SimpsonHaugh’s podium and tower design includes six 24,750sq ft podium office floors capable of housing dealer rooms. In the 11-storey tower component above, each 11,000sq ft floorplate has the flexibility to be sub-divided into two tenancies if required. The office space is further supplemented by 12,000sq ft of ground and mezzanine retail accommodation and a 9,000sq ft rooftop restaurant and terrace, providing 360-degree views over the city.

SimpsonHaugh has created a double height ground floor and mezzanine including a generous 7.2m high reception area. Above this, the deep plan office floors cantilever dramatically towards Byrom Street. As well as emphasising the importance of the corner with Quay Street, this 7.5m cantilever provides protection to the active ground floor street frontages and entrances. It is supported by trusses that are visible through the glazed façade and has a continuous soffit which visually connects the cantilever to the reception.

The tower component of No.1 Spinningfields also cantilevers 4.5m into Hardman Square from Level 3, serving to visually extend the tower and emphasise the building’s presence on the square.

No.1 Spinningfields © Daniel Hopkinson

No.1 Spinningfields has a high performance triple glazed facade. Informed by solar radiation analysis, the design incorporates different solar coatings and ceramic fritting in response to orientation to reduce overheating and maximise natural light transmission.

As well as creating a strong architectural presence on the corner of Quay Street and Byrom Street, No.1 Spinningfields provides a suitable background setting to the adjacent Hardman Square, a key destination in the district. The new development forms part of a cluster of high-rise buildings along with the Civil Justice Centre, 3 Hardman Street and Albert Bridge House.

Mark Savage, Partner at SimpsonHaugh said: “Our design provides a high quality commercial offer and creates a strong architectural landmark for this location.

“We are really pleased with the success of No.1 Spinningfields within the context of the wider masterplan. To see it successfully let and operational marks another milestone moment in Manchester’s story.”

Chris Reay, Group Property Director at Allied London said:

“No.1 Spinningfields marks an exceptional year for Allied London and 20 years of investment and development in the city of Manchester.

“It’s a true statement building that completes the original Spinningfields masterplan and signals to the wider-world the success of the area and its occupiers. We’re also very proud to be moving into No.1 Spinningfields with our ALL Work & Social business, setting up the No.1 Social Business Lounge in 2018”.

Mark Goldfinger, Director of Expansion for WeWork in Europe, Israel & Australia, said: ‘Number 1 Spinningfields is a best in class building and the perfect location for the first WeWork in Manchester. We’re looking forward to contributing to the city by bringing new members into the area, and providing the perfect hub for entrepreneurs, start-ups and freelancers alike to create their life’s work.’


  • ARCHITECT: SimpsonHaugh
  • QS: Gardiner & Theobald LLP
  • CONTRACTOR: BAM Construction North West
  • M&E ENGINEER: Sweco
  • PROJECT MANAGER: Gardiner & Theobald LLP Management Services
  • PLANNING CONSULTANT: Deloitte Real Estate
  • DELIVERY ARCHITECT: Axis Architects

About SimpsonHaugh

Founded by Rachel Haugh and Ian Simpson in 1987, SimpsonHaugh (formerly Ian Simpson Architects) has compiled an impressive portfolio of award-winning projects. The practice originated from a shared belief in the power of high quality design to lead the regeneration of post-industrial cities and initiate new contemporary architectural identities. The underlying themes of urban renewal, sustainability and design excellence unite an otherwise diverse range of building functions and solutions. Similarly, the completed work demonstrates that the practice’s regeneration objectives are equally valid whether applied to new buildings or to existing historic structures.

While the success of its completed work and a growing reputation for design integrity has allowed the practice to expand, Rachel and Ian remain personally involved in each project. Consequently, the inspiration in design and the attention to detail in construction that have stimulated the achievements of the practice so far will continue to guide the ambition and quality of its schemes in the future.