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ABC Buildings

Manchester, UK
Allied London


Retail & Leisure
June 2020
Architect / 3DReid
Project Manager / OBI Property
Quantity Surveyor / Paragon
Structural Engineer / Curtins
M&E Engineer / MEP Design
Fire Engineer / Chapman BDSP
Acoustics / Sandy Brown Associates
Principal Designer / ORSA Projects
Contractor / McLaren Construction
© Richard Kiely / www.richardkiely.co.uk
© Allied London (Visuals)

ABC Buildings is an ‘exemplar’ redevelopment which reflects the Cities aspirations, ideas and commitments providing a vibrant mix of spaces to work and socialise.

ABC Buildings is a vibrant mix of work, social and leisure spaces within the unique cluster of three buildings previously known as Astley, Byrom and Cooper house.

Built between 1959 and 1965 by Leach Rhodes Walker, the scheme is an excellent example of post-war architecture in the modern style. Throughout the decades the Building has been considerably reconfigured including addition of new feature canopy and glazed entrances, which have considerably altered the original architectural aesthetics.

The purpose of the latest refurbishment was to reinstate the features of the original building whilst transforming its internal areas into a creative community providing new modern workspace for media, technology and creative businesses, alongside cinema, gym, recording studios and an outdoor performance deck with a glass dome. Now known as ABC, the building forms a key part of Enterprise City in the heart of St. John’s neighbourhood.

ABC Buildings include an Everyman Cinema; Barry’s Bootcamp studio, The Farm recording and media studios offering 23,000 sq.ft post production spaces and ABC CoLAB offering flexible workspace, meeting and event spaces.


CoLAB designed for new ways of working

ABC offers workspace for companies of all types from small start-ups through to large established businesses, giving tenants the flexibility to grow within the building and access a range of social and work spaces.

ABC, CoLAB offers a dynamic and flexible work solution with spacious desks, meeting areas and social and event spaces.

“ABC combines three prominent buildings within Enterprise City to provide a unique mix of work and social spaces. This was the first project delivered for Allied London and we have continued to grow our relationship on the Transmission Building, Old Granada Studios, Cube Space and more recently the Shipyard Development.”

Nab Speakes, Managing Director, 3DReid
Nab Speakes,
Managing Director, 3DReid
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