Trilogy and Peterson reveal plans for the transformation of the Great Northern


Trilogy and Peterson reveal plans for the transformation of the Great Northern

Public exhibition held at Great Northern Warehouse to showcase plans drawn up by Manchester-based architects SimpsonHaugh and landscape specialists Planit-IE to create a new urban quarter that reflects Manchester’s status as a truly global city

Plans for the transformation of the Great Northern Warehouse and Square have gone on show in Manchester today at a public exhibition organised by the partnership that owns the site, Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group. The Exhibition will give the public the opportunity to view the plans and comment ahead of a planning application later in the year.

The plans have been drawn up by a team of consultants that includes masterplanner Will Alsop’s aLL Design, architect SimpsonHaugh, Altrincham-based landscape specialists Planit-IE and interior architect Johnson Naylor.

Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group have developing proposals to bring back to life what is a strategically important and historically significant site.

Robert Wolstenholme of Trilogy Real Estate said:

“The Great Northern should represent the best of the North. It offers one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre. Our vision is to create a new urban quarter that reflects Manchester’s standing as a truly global city, celebrating our built heritage and fulfilling the site’s potential as a destination for the culture, business and everyday life of Manchester.”

At the heart of the proposal, Great Northern Square has been reimagined to create a public space the city can be proud of. This new urban oasis has been designed to boost local biodiversity, provide a place for families to play and for local residents and workers to relax. The existing amphitheatre will be covered over, with a lawn placed on top and broad-leaved trees planted to make the square more attractive and easier to navigate for those passing through.

Across the site, public space will be increased by 27%, from 6,162 sq m to 7847 sq m. The designers have placed pedestrian access at the top of their priorities, proposing new high quality, legible and accessible pedestrian routes across the site, lined with front doors, shops and cafes to provide an active, welcoming environment.

Dean Street, a new pedestrian street, will run parallel to Deansgate, providing retail units ideally suited for independent retailers, cafés restaurants and bars.

Public realm in the site’s own “highline” on top of the former railway lines will be activated by relocating the entrance to the existing cinema alongside proposed gym and restaurant entrances.

Built by Great Northern Railway between 1896 -1899, the Grade II* listed Great Northern Warehouse is visually striking evidence of Manchester’s industrial past. The original glazed brick lettering along the upper level of all four elevations of the warehouse is a local landmark that can be seen across the city.

Trilogy and Peterson sees the current use of the Great Northern Warehouse as a car park as completely at odds with the quality and heritage value of the building. The designs propose to revive the Great Northern Warehouse by converting the upper two storeys to high quality residential accommodation, stripping away modern accretions like the parking ramps to reveal its historic character and conserve its heritage. Up to 100 warehouse-style apartments will be provided in the first phase.

Nick Owen, Partner at SimpsonHaugh said:

“The emerging design proposals are shaped by the key principles of respecting and celebrating the site’s heritage assets and transforming the existing public realm. By stripping back the obtrusive modern additions and sensitively repairing and enhancing the original fabric, we aim to reveal this great building for the public to enjoy.”

A planning submission for this first phase of the redevelopment of Great Northern, is expected to be submitted in September 2017. Further phases of the £300m transformation are currently in the early staged of consultation, with plans to deliver the project over the next ten years.



Trilogy Appoints New Directors and Forms Partnership

Trilogy, the investment and development business founded by Robert Wolstenholme, has appointed Max Natalini as chief operating officer and Mike Pashley as chief financial officer.

Natalini joins from Pillar Ventures, the property arm of digital venture builder Blenheim Chalcot, where he was director. He previously worked for private equity investors Warburg Pincus, Apollo Real Estate Advisors, having started his career at JPMorgan in the real estate investment banking team.

Pashley is a chartered accountant and was European finance director for 17 years with AREA Property Partners, which was acquired by ARES in 2013.

The move sees Trilogy Property Limited become Trilogy Real Estate LLP, a partnership with a 12-strong teamoffering such services as asset management, place making, deal analysis and finance.

Wolstenholme, Natalini and Pashley will lead Trilogy’s drive to acquire new opportunities to reposition tired assets to create contemporary workplaces and mixed-use schemes. The company is seeking to deploy up to £300m of equity on assets of between £20m and £50m.

It will focus on the London fringe and prime regional cities, adding to its existing portfolio in these locations. Current Trilogy schemes include Republic at London’s East India Dock with investors LaSalle Investment Management; and Great Northern Warehouse in central Manchester, backed by Peterson Group of Hong Kong.

Trilogy’s collaborators include designer Tom Hingston of Hingston Studio, whose clients have included Dior, Alexander McQueen, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones; and Andrew Hale, a brand strategist and BAFTA-winning musician. Trilogy has also worked with Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr on the development of a new theatre near Tower Bridge for the London Theatre Company.

Robert Wolstenholme said: “Max and Mike bring extensive experience in private equity real estate, to complement Trilogy’s strength in unlocking value from unloved assets through creative repositioning. We are now actively seeking built assets or joint-ventures, where transformational mixed-use schemes can respond to fast-moving trends in work, retail and leisure.”



Trilogy at MIPIM


Trilogy at MIPIM

Trilogy will be at MIPIM next week as representatives for the Manchester at MIPIM delegation.

We'll be available to discuss plans for the Great Northern Warehouse, our flagship leisure development in the heart of Manchester at:

The Manchester Pavilion
The Majestic Beach, Majestic Barrière Hotel, Boulevard de la Croisette

We look forward to seeing you there.

Robert will also be blogging the entire event, see his first post in the build-up below.

I have attended MIPIM for years, but this is Trilogy’s first time as part of the Manchester Partnership so we’re really excited. Manchester has so much to offer at the moment and I think that’s going to be very evident at MIPIM 2017.

Trilogy is a property investment and development business that that specialises in unlocking the hidden potential of buildings through rigorously considered yet highly creative asset management strategies. Yes, we’re based in London, but my roots are in the North West and we are passionate about making Manchester a great place to live and work.

We’ll be in Cannes to talk about the latest developments at the Great Northern Warehouse where, along with the Hong Kong based Peterson Group, we’re working to transform the much loved but underutilised building and secure its future as a world class destination for employment, leisure and high quality city centre living.

Behind the scenes there’s already been a lot of work going on to consult with local people and make sure that plans for the development are what Manchester wants and needs. I’m really looking forward to getting to Cannes and networking with others involved in shaping the city at this exciting time


Studio RHE unveils designs for Republic and the start on site of the first building


Studio RHE unveils designs for Republic and the start on site of the first building

Architects ‘Studio RHE’ have unveiled their designs for Republic, a dynamic collaborative campus focused on well-being, connectivity, creativity and flexibility.

 Working with Trilogy Property and LaSalle Investment Management, Studio RHE’s plans transform the 1990s post-modern office complex at East India Dock, London.

 The first phase of work on Building R1 started on site in October and sees the building brought up to date with the re-cladding and extension of the facades at ground and first floors to create a new transparent, modern aesthetic to house the amenities including retail, bars and cafes with extensive outdoor terraces.

The materials of modern engineered timber alongside black steel continue inside the building with a dramatic, extended atrium space over ten storeys built entirely from a glulam timber grid. The design is centred around well-being at work with increased daylight, better levels of ventilation, direct connections with nature and planting in the biodiverse central gardens, and a plan layout that encourages the use of the carefully placed central staircase over the first three floors with extensive under cover local cycle parking, a large gym and extensive planted roof terraces.

 Collaborative working is encouraged though the provision of shared work and meeting space inside the atrium at ground floor level which connects directly to the external communal terraces and water gardens. Designed to appeal to the next generation of creative and tech businesses, Republic will create an attractive, work and leisure environment, becoming a new neighbourhood in this previously overlooked corner of London’s Docklands.

A 10,000ft2 co-working space, event space and rooftop bar on the 9th Floor is set to launch in January 2017.  Off-Quay, a temporary cultural hub and Quilombero, restaurant launched by east end food stars Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce are already operational on site.  

Completing in phases over the next five years., the development is expected to compete on price with key locations in the South East and major UK regional centres, coming in at half the price of current occupational costs in Shoreditch and just one third of the West End. The first building is set to complete in October 2017. The campus will eventually provide 650,000sq ft of low-cost high-quality affordable workplace, a wide range of amenities, generous public realm and extensive green spaces around the existing lake. 


Richard Hywel Evans, Director of Studio RHE, commented: 

 "This is an exciting opportunity to transform a 1990s office complex into a dynamic collaborative 21st century campus. The creation of varied flexible working spaces, installation of innovative amenities and facilities, combined with extensive new public realm, will create a sustainable unique new working neighbourhood.”

 Robert Wolstenholme, Director, Trilogy Property added

“It is great to be working again with Studio RHE following the success we shared at the Alphabeta Building.  The journey from Shoreditch to Tower Hamlets has been a deliberate one, as we look to create the next generation of offices bringing new innovations in sustainability, wellness and placemaking.  Our aim is to create a “trophy” workplace for London but deliverable at occupational costs comparable to Manchester, Birmingham or Reading”.