New plans to transform Quay Street’s iconic Sunlight House have been given the green light by Manchester City Council.

The development of the Grade II listed building, which was once upon a time the city’s tallest building, aims to create a ‘cutting edge, net-zero-carbon commercial and cultural hub for the city’, while paying homage to the building’s original architect, Joseph Sunlight.

The approved works will focus on drastically reshaping the ground floor alongside an upgrade of the upper office floors. Each office space will retain original features through a Grade A refurbishment focused primarily on improving lighting and M&E, to meet the demand from environmentally ambitious companies for state-of-the-art, sustainable workspaces.

Owners Karrev and Kinrise have also secured an ‘in-principle’ planning agreement to create flexible workspaces.

The new reception will include the addition of a double winged staircase, café and co-working areas. This space will also host cultural events and partnerships spanning art, food, music, fitness and social action, open to all tenants as well as the public.

Sunlight House,
Little Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Wed 26 Jul 2023