Bruntwood Works

Bruntwood Works starts renovation for 'productivity-boosting urban oasis'

Bruntwood Works has announced its plans to revitalise Lowry House — the company’s central Manchester workspace — into ‘Bloc’ as part of its £50m Pioneer transformation programme.

Located on Marble Street, Bloc will launch with a renewed focus on the work environment to help boost productivity.

The scheme will include technology to monitor and optimise air quality, a state-of-the-art wellness suite — that will host yoga and fitness classes — and a cascading garden in the foyer, with living walls throughout.

Sleep pods will also be provided to help workers with vital rest and rejuvenation, as part of Bloc’s efforts to promote a work-life balance.

Additional amenities include a local independent coffee shop, cinema room, bespoke spaces for community pop-up events, and shared event and co-working spaces to help foster collaboration.

Renovation works are already underway to develop a ground-floor annex that will include the addition of 180 new flexible desks, 12 spaces in the co-working studio, and 12 modern meeting rooms that have fully integrated hi-tech audio-visual equipment.

The scheme is due to be completed in spring 2021.

Bloc is the work and leisure space provider’s third Pioneer building.

The Pioneer programme is creating a vibrant, community-focussed workplace centred on six key pillars: biophilia, art, sustainability, wellness, amenity and technology.

This redevelopment follows the recent transformation of Blackfriars House and 111 Piccadilly in Manchester.

Ciara Keeling, CEO at Bruntwood Works, said: “Now more than ever, the flexibility of the space and level of service we provide is crucial in supporting our changed ways of working, particularly as our customers bring their teams back together and return to the office.”

She added that the Pioneer buildings were designed to be places that improve wellbeing and work through greater productivity, creativity and innovation. 

“Bloc takes this and runs with it and, with its revolutionary biophilic revamp, it will be an urban oasis amid an urban jungle,” she added.

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