Mixed-use scheme to house offices and retail units

Sheppard Robson has been given the green light for a £40m office and retail scheme in the heart of Manchester’s shopping district.

The 17-storey building for developer Aegon at 39 Deansgate will be located on a corner plot of one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

It will face both Deansgate and St Mary’s Gate, an east-west street linking the Arndale shopping centre and the city centre of Salford across the River Irwell.

39 Deansgate by Sheppard Robson (1)

The 17-storey block is located at the heart of Manchester’s shopping district

The 135,000 sq ft block contains retail space across its ground floor and mezzanine levels, with 15 further storeys of office space and a roof terrace above.

Sheppard Robson said the design of the building has been inspired by the intricate ironwork of the nearby grade II*-listed Victorian-era Barton shopping arcade.

An existing nine-storey block on the site, which dates to the 1960s and is also currently occupied by offices and retail units, will be demolished to make way for the new scheme.