Manchester Goods Yard (MGY), a city-centre complex of major importance, designed to be a cutting-edge workspace hub with live, work and leisure units, has been granted planning consent today.

Situated at the centre of the new St. John’s neighbourhood, Manchester Goods Yard is a commercial catalyst, bringing a range of people and businesses together to create, inspire, thrive and deliver in the most vibrant environment possible.

Informed by Allied London’s collaboration with Creative Review (looking into the effect your working environment has on the work that you do) MGY at St. John’s will have the most flexible workspace in the UK, suitable for start-ups and small business to corporate organisations.

Piers Read, Director of Enterprise for St. John’s, said “Manchester Goods Yard at St johns is the epitome of modern working. This building is the commercial hub of the neighbourhood, a place where work and play will seamlessly fuse together in the stylish surroundings of this New York inspired asset”.

Allied London Chief Executive, Michael Ingall, commented “Manchester Goods Yard will be a cluster for forward-thinking companies; it is designed to be a combination of workspace and act as a central village, designed for companies in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industries who care about community as much as corporate.

MGY will be flexible, dynamic and inherently collaborative. Its structural DNA – a series of interlacing buildings linked by bridges – is designed to encourage the sharing of ideas, imitating a collegiate concept”.


Peter Cartwright, of Cartwright Pickard Architects, commented “We are building on the success of XYZ Spinningfields and adapting the building to give more flexibility and potential appeal to a range of tenants within the building. On top of the building are positioned 2 story live work units with their own terraces. The top floor also incorporates and event space and a roof top sports court for use by all the tenants within the building.

The ground floor units are double height offering opportunities for retail, commercial and support accommodation to the tenants above. A variety of entrances to vertical cores give flexibility to allow the floor plate to be divided into smaller areas allowing for even more appeal to the future workspace market”.

Made up by four distinctive blocks, strategically interconnected at the upper levels with a series of bridges, Manchester Goods Yard will be a true multi-use that promotes unified connectivity and innovative ways of working.

With a ground-level mix of workspace as well as cafes, artisan maker’s restaurants and bars, Manchester Goods Yard will be a vibrant, connected and futureproofed space to meet, eat, drink, work and live.

Construction will commence this year.

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