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Spinningfields is a thriving business and leisure quarter and one of the most successful regeneration projects in Manchester city centre. No.1 Spinningfields is the final building to be completed within the 26-acre Spinningfields masterplan which has created a world-class office destination for financial and professional services.

Replacing an eight-storey 1960s' office building, No. 1 Spinningfields is one of a cluster of tall buildings that acts as a group landmark for Spinningfields and also addresses a number of low scale historic and listed buildings. The resulting form is a series of interlocking volumes which address and relate to the surrounding context.

In order to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rated fully-glazed building we developed a high performance façade design which uses the latest technology of insulated triple glazing to conserve heat and maximise the level of natural light. During concept stage we used sustainable modelling software to determine the site specific needs of each façade, which allowed us to select individual solar coatings and fritting to control the solar radiation and light transmission for each elevation. For example, on the south facing Quay Street façade which is prone to the greatest solar gain, a higher performing blue solar coating and matching full height dot matrix frit is applied on alternate panels. This combination reflects the heat, provides shading, reduces glare and allows maximum daylight penetration which decreases the use of artificial lighting.

The composition of the façade changes to reflect its position so that the subtle differentiation in colour and reflectivity gives an element of identity to each of the façades and emphasises how the form of the building is read. This is a building that couldn't be anywhere else other than on this site in Manchester because the elevations are designed to suit their orientation and the form is designed for the context.

Project information

  • Client

    Allied London

  • Status


  • Area

    34,000 sq m

  • Start


  • Completion


  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer:
    RoC Consulting
    Building Services Engineer: Sweco
    Façade Engineer: Mott MacDonald
    Project & Cost Manager: Gardiner & Theobald

  • Elements

    Office, retail & restaurant
    100 space basement car park
    BREEAM rating target: “Excellent”

  • Awards

    2018 North West Insider Property, Commercial Development of the Year