The Alberton set to be the ‘future of office working’ with gym, cycle hub, hydrotherapy pool, physio rooms and more

The innovative office building 'The Alberton' has been granted planning permission with a focus on worker's health, aiming to help Manchester's workforce compete on the world stage
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Stresses of office life getting you down?

Well maybe you should look for a job in the new Alberton building, which has just gained planning approval from Manchester City Council.

The roof of the offices will feature an incredible ‘rooftop holistic wellness centre’, which includes: a performance lap pool, a hydrotherapy vitality pool, hot and cold treatment rooms, physio rooms with changing and shower facilities.

And that’s not all. There’s also a gym and a cycle hub on the bottom floor too.

Enough to de-stress after even the hardest day at work!

Ciara Keeling, CEO of Bruntwood Works, commented: “Gaining planning approval for The Alberton marks another landmark moment in our efforts to revolutionise the workspace, not just in Manchester but across the UK.

“The Alberton will provide an exemplary model of what workspaces can achieve, going further than we ever have in our Pioneer programme. This is particularly evident in the holistic wellness centre that will act as the heart of the development and offer our customers an unrivalled wellbeing experience.

“This level of amenity will help businesses offer staff the ultimate workspace experience, encouraging a greater return to the office whilst supporting a healthy work/life balance.

“This new space incorporates everything we have learned over the last few years of studying changes in how our customers interact with workspaces and listening to their ongoing feedback. We truly believe that we have created something that will provide a blueprint for accessible and inclusive
offices.”

The developers Bruntwood say that the building will help embed ‘holistic wellbeing’ into daily working life.

The current Alberton House on St. Mary’s Parsonage will be replaced with a striking 18-storey office building, housing the “UK’s highest workspace pool” and being “capable of competing on the world stage”, according to the developers.

The Alberton will replace the current twelve story Alberton House, with work set to begin in early 2023, with completion set for 2025.

The Alberton’s people-centric approach represents Bruntwood’s aims to attract new businesses and talent to Manchester, encouraging further inward investment by elevating the city’s workspace offering.

Bruntwood have said that the wellness centre has been designed with sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity in mind, ensuring that it is a welcoming space for all.

On the 17th floor, approved plans include a landscaped panoramic roof terrace with commanding views across the city, plus an events space and customer lounge.

An additional food and beverage outlet on the 18th floor will serve ‘nutritious options’ to complement the focus of the wellness centre and offer customers a healthier and convenient choice at work.

The Alberton is named as a key location within Manchester City Council’s St. Mary’s Parsonage strategic regeneration framework.

The framework also includes the grade two-listed Kendal Milne building and Bruntwood’s Blackfriars House and King’s House, which is currently under re-development.

Developers say that there will also be a publicly accessible ground floor creating a gateway from Salford between the Trinity Bridge Walkway and St Mary’s Parsonage.

This will also be full of hospitality offerings for people to enjoy, including a restaurant, bar and coffee shop with seating spilling out onto a landscaped public area.

The ground floor mezzanine will feature a co-working lounge and a variety of meeting rooms, with Bruntwood Works’ full product stack available throughout the building.

This includes Pay As You Go co-working day passes, through to Made and Managed bespoke offices, to support businesses of all sizes, from freelancers to large corporates.

Meanwhile, on the lower ground floor, office residents will benefit from a fully equipped gym, a cycle hub complete with showers, changing and vanity areas, lockers, cycle repair station and cycle storage, including Brompton bike lockers.

The building will also be carbon neutral.

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