Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group win planning consent for the transformation of Manchester’s Great Northern Square, Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terraces

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Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group win planning consent for the transformation of Manchester’s Great Northern Square, Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terraces

Designs by architect SimpsonHaugh and landscape specialist Planit-IE focus on the creation of a world-class urban quarter and celebrate the heritage of a Manchester landmark - The Great Northern Warehouse.

Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group’s plans for the transformation of the grade II* listed Great Northern Warehouse, along with Deansgate Terraces and Great Northern Square have been given planning consent by Manchester City Council. Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, the partnership of Trilogy and Peterson has been developing a series of proposals in a ten-year plan to bring to life one of Manchester’s most historic and strategically significant regeneration areas.

The public was consulted extensively during the planning process, with the partnership hosting two public exhibitions in August 2017 and a series of consultation events that engaged over 200 local residents and stakeholders.

The plans have been drawn up by a team of consultants that includes masterplanner Will Alsop’s aLL Design, architect SimpsonHaugh, Altrincham-based landscape specialist Planit-IE and interior architect Johnson Naylor. Deloitte Real Estate acted as advisors on planning and 2110 Consult was project manager.

Robert Wolstenholme of Trilogy Real Estate said:

“The Great Northern Warehouse and Square offer one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre, and we are delighted that this first phase of our ten-year plan to revitalise the site has been approved by Manchester City Council
“This will be the first part of a scheme to regenerate 6.5 acres of Manchester’s civic centre and to open up Petersfield as a walkable ‘live, work and play’ neighbourhood for the City.
“Petersfield was the location of two defining moments in the UK’s political and cultural history, namely the Peterloo Massacre in August 1819 and the birth of Punk at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in June 1976.
“Maxine Peake’s incredible recital of Shelley’s ‘Masque of Anarchy’ at the Manchester International Festival in 2013, just yards from the location of these historic events, gave us the inspiration to incorporate verses from Shelly’s poem into the architecture of our development – this is our way to celebrate the best of the “Great North”.

Nick Owen, Partner at SimpsonHaugh said:

“We are very pleased that the proposals for this important site have been approved.  Our design approach was 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.”

Trilogy and Peterson see 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 three storeys to high quality residential accommodation, stripping away modern additions like the parking ramps to reveal the building’s historic character and conserve its heritage. In addition Deansgate Terraces will be renovated to create a high quality retail street at ground level, with residences on the upper floors. A total of 142 new homes will be created by the development, and 44,000 sq ft of commercial space will be brought to market.

Across the site, public space will be increased by over 25%, from around 6,200sq m to 7,850sq 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.

Great Northern Square has been reimagined to create a new urban oasis that will boost local biodiversity and provide a place for families, local residents and workers to relax. The existing amphitheatre will be covered over, with a lawn placed on top and broad-leaved trees planted. The new square will be more attractive and easier to navigate for those passing through. Under the square, a series of water tanks are proposed to collect rainwater that will provide irrigation for the new trees and sustainable water uses within the apartments.

One of the highlights of the new public realm is an artwork on the terminating wall of the Deansgate Terrace featuring engraved verses from Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy. Trilogy and Peterson hope to have this in place in time for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, which the poem commemorates.

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 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.

Further phases of the transformation are currently in the early stages of consultation, with plans to deliver the project over the next ten years.

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Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management Announce Lettings at East London Creative Campus Republic

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Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management Announce Lettings at East London Creative Campus Republic

Threepipe, The Gentlemen Baristas and Horticulture on board as the scheme’s first phase nears completion

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Real estate investment and development business Trilogy Real Estate and LaSalle Investment Management, the leading real estate investment manager, today announced four lettings at Republic, the next-gen workplace campus in East India Dock aimed at companies priced out of Central London and Shoreditch.

Threepipe, an independent and award-winning full-service digital agency which counts Nike, The England & Wales Cricket Board and Sweaty Betty among its clients, has shifted its 80 plus staff from Covent Garden to the campus, taking 6,000 sq ft of office space.

Horticulture, a restaurant launch led by chef Marc-Antoine Bodin, will create an independent food offer to coincide with the full launch of the project this spring. Alongside the 2,900 sq ft restaurant, Horticulture will source food locally, including from an on-site garden, and feature a flower shop alongside retro hi-fi systems and all-day DJs.

The Gentlemen Baristas, the coffee start-up near Borough Market, favoured by bloggers and known for its barista school, has announced it will open its fourth café at Republic with a deal for 3,100 sq ft, offering top-quality coffee from its on-site roastery. Its other outposts are at The Building Centre in Bloomsbury and The School House, based at Jerwood Space.

 Hadley, an East London accountancy firm, has also taken 1,000 sq ft of space in Anchorage House.

Robert Wolstenholme, Managing Director of Trilogy Real Estate, said:

“Republic is already attracting young businesses priced out of central London and Shoreditch, and with this series of lettings we are setting the tone for our new creative neighbourhood – a place for our tenants to work, collaborate, innovate and play. Studio RHE’s reimagining of the building and The Trampery’s community management will be catalysts when the building launches fully in May.”

Jim Hawker co-founder and director of Threepipe said:

“Ridiculous rents and rates of central London have forced us and many other creative agencies to look elsewhere to settle and run our businesses. Republic is designed for creative businesses, is competitive in rates and will be a place where our business can expand and grow. We have fast access into the West End and have more flexibility to spend our hard earned money on things other than rent and rates by investing more money into staff training, developing our own IP and attracting talent and clients.”

Republic is already home to The Trampery co-working space and Deliveroo’s East London recruitment hub. Average quoting rents for Republic are in the mid-£30s a sq ft, depending on floor and location in the building.

Republic aims to stem the tide of young companies leaving London by creating 600,000 sq ft of truly affordable workplace that meets contemporary professional and personal needs, with a focus on the core values of creativity, connectivity and affordability.

The first phase of the masterplan include is the transformation of Anchorage House in to 225,000 sq ft of substantially refurbished space with a co-working space. The plans by award-winning architect Studio RHE completely transform the existing first-generation Docklands office development to create a dynamic environment that embodies contemporary work practice.

Extensive landscaping is underway, replacing the streets of the original 1990s development, using planting, open water and trees to create a series of external spaces defined by timber porticos and colonnades.

Updates can be found at http://republic.london/ and @RepublicLDN.

Trilogy Real Estate and investor LaSalle Investment Management have retained Allsop and CBRE as office agents and CF Commercial and CBRE as retail agents for the scheme.

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Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group submit planning application for the transformation of Manchester’s Great Northern Square, Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terraces

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Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group submit planning application for the transformation of Manchester’s Great Northern Square, Great Northern Warehouse and Deansgate Terraces

Designs by architect SimpsonHaugh and landscape specialist Planit-IE focus on the creation of a world-class urban quarter and celebrate the heritage of a Manchester landmark - The Great Northern Warehouse.

Plans for the transformation of the grade II* listed Great Northern Warehouse, along with Deansgate Terraces and Great Northern Square have been submitted to Manchester City Council by the partnership that owns the site, Trilogy Real Estate and Peterson Group. Since acquiring the Great Northern in 2013, the partnership has been developing a series of proposals in a £300m, ten-year plan to bring to life one of Manchester’s most historic and strategically significant regeneration areas.

The planning application follows an extensive public consultation; including two public exhibitions in August and a series of consultation events that engaged over 200 local residents and stakeholders; which has shaped the design.

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

Robert Wolstenholme of Trilogy Real Estate said:

“The Great Northern Warehouse and Square offer one of the most significant regeneration opportunities in Manchester city centre, and we have spoken to over 200 local stakeholders and residents to try to get this right. In particular, this process has shaped the character of the public space, where we aim to play our part in a city-wide initiative to bring trees and greenery into the heart of the civic centre.
We’re restoring the historic character of the Great Northern, stripping away the modern structures that disfigure the historic warehouse and making sensitive interventions that are in tune with the quality of the site. Alongside our neighbours at St Johns, our vision is to regenerate this underperforming part of the city and create a new urban quarter that will add to Manchester’s building reputation as a world city.”

 Nick Owen, Partner at SimpsonHaugh said:

“The 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.”

Trilogy and Peterson see 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 three storeys to high quality residential accommodation, stripping away modern additions like the parking ramps to reveal the building’s historic character and conserve its heritage. In addition Deansgate Terraces will be renovated to create a high quality retail street at ground level, with residences on the upper floors.

Across the site, public space will be increased by over 25%, from around 6,200sqm to 7,850sqm. 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.

Great Northern Square has been reimagined to create a new urban oasis that will boost local biodiversity and provide a place for families, local residents and workers to relax. The existing amphitheatre will be covered over, with a lawn placed on top and broad-leaved trees planted. The new square will be more attractive and easier to navigate for those passing through. Under the square, a series of water tanks are proposed to collect rainwater that will provide irrigation for the new trees and sustainable water uses within the apartments.

One of the highlights of the new public realm is an artwork on the terminating wall of the Deansgate Terrace featuring engraved verses from Shelley’s Masque of Anarchy. Trilogy and Peterson hope to have this in place in time for the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, which the poem commemorates.

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 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.

Further phases of the £300m transformation are currently in the early stages of consultation, with plans to deliver the project over the next ten years.

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Trilogy's 2017

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Trilogy's 2017

From the upcoming completion of Phase I at Republic in East London, to revealing plans for the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester, to hiring new members of staff, Trilogy has been extremely busy throughout 2017.

At the start of the year, Trilogy Property Ltd became Trilogy Real Estate LLP as Trilogy formed a partnership. Speaking about the development, Robert Wolstenholme said "Trilogy’s strength [is] 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.”

2017 has seen fantastic progress on Republic in London's East India Dock. The building has been transformed from a tired office campus in 220,000 sq ft of office, retail and restaurants to create a radically transformed workplace experience. Republic has already attracted an impressive range of tenants, such as The Trampery (named one of the best co-working spaces in London by the Evening Standard and The Wharf), Deliveroo, Threepipe (an award-winning full-service digital agency from Covent Garden), and the British Journal of Photography. Trilogy hosted a soft launch of Republic for agents at the beginning of December. With Phase I almost complete, permission has also been granted for work to begin on Capstan House, the second phase of the development. Take a look at the transformation below:

There has also been plenty of progress at the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester during 2017. In August, Trilogy revealed plans for the Great Northern, including a green public space, a new pedestrian street, and high quality residential accommodation. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and over 200 people came to view the public exhibition. The plans were 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. Take a look at the plans below:

Trilogy has also welcomed new members to the team: Mike Pashely as Chief Financial Office and Laurence Jones as Head of Asset Management. 

With so much progress being made, Trilogy look forward to keeping you up-to-date on all the developments that occur in 2018.

Take a look at some of our favourite photographs of the year below.

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Republic's Soft Launch

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Republic's Soft Launch

Trilogy welcomed a number of agents to London's East India Dock at the start of December for the soft launch of Republic.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the event below.

All photos by Milo Hale

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Robert Wolstenholme on London Theatre

Trilogy's founder, Robert Wolstenholme, was recently interviewed by the Swiss TV channel RTS for their piece on theatre in London and the industry’s growth throughout the past decade.

You can watch the clip below, which also features Nick Starr and the Bridge Theatre. 

A translation of Robert's statement: “If you can have a great theatre with fantastic content, which brings people in, that starts to create an economy, and you can sustain some restaurants. Then you can get some office workers there, and then people want to come and live there, and you get what a city is all about: live, work, play.”

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