Manchester Goods Yard Location City: Manchester, UK

The focus of Manchester’s newest media technology hub.

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Architecture, Design Delivery
Allied London (Developer) Lendlease (Contractor) Aviva L&P (Funder)


Key Info

c. 28,000sqm of commercial office space, completed to a shell and core level of fit-out including c. 3,000sqm of associated amenity facilities at ground and mezzanine space for over 4,500 occupants.
31,000m² GIA
Targeting BREEAM "Excellent"
Wired Score ‘Platinum’
Opened in 2022

Map Location

Dynamic and sustainable office space with animated leisure and retail at street level.

Manchester Goods Yard is a significant new office scheme at the heart of the St. John’s regeneration development, a new city centre neighbourhood underpinned by enterprise, culture and living. MGY will be accredited BREEAM Excellent and uses off-site Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to maximise opportunities to reduce waste, improve quality and minimise its carbon footprint.

Innovative approach to designing new office space

The large-format office floorplates are designed to create an adaptable and flexible workspace. The design embraces health & wellbeing and elements of biophilia in order to create a vibrant environment for people to enjoy.

The heart of Enterprise City at St. John's

Manchester Goods Yard is set to become the fulcrum for Enterprise City at St. John’s, a new digital media technology hub which will be home to and Cloud Imperium Games as well as a mix of SMEs and multi-corporation technology and creative industry organisations. The ultra-modern, flexible workspaces will be supplemented by a mix of café bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, with the aim of creating a vibrant neighbourhood in which to live, work, shop and relax.

Chapman Taylor designed this development for developer Allied London and was then novated to Main Contractor Lendlease for the delivery stage, seeing the project through from concept to completion. The project was funded by Aviva Life & Pensions UK.

Mark Doughty (BA(Hons), BArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006, becoming a Director in 2022. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a leading role in the workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 15 years of experience and has successfully completed a number of major award-winning projects working both in the UK and internationally.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006 becoming an Associate Director in 2016. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

He takes an active part in the BCO and completed last year’s Cycle Challenge riding from London to Amsterdam over four days with fifty members of the BCO.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

Simon Marlin (BSc (Hons) PgDip Arch RIBA ARIAS)

Associate Director, UK

Simon joined Chapman Taylor in 2015 and has played a central role in the detailed design and technical delivery of some major Chapman Taylor projects of recent years, including the mixed-use Port Baku Tower 2 in Azerbaijan, the Kampus Build-to-Rent residential scheme and Manchester Goods Yard office headquarters.

Having studied architecture at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Simon is an experienced architect and BIM expert and plays a key role in our continual improvement of the use of technology to support the design process where he works closely with our in-house BIM team.

Simon’s technical design expertise has been an invaluable element of our successful delivery of complex schemes in the residential and workplace sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Design Delivery / Workplace / Residential

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