Our work in the city centre includes the renaissance of the Piccadilly area, the Northern Quarter and St. Peter’s Square.
Their interests ... are not only concerned with value in the monetary sense, but also with creating environments which enhance the city, deliver true regeneration and provide attractive spaces.
One Piccadilly Gardens
One Piccadilly Gardens is a landmark development, overlooking the ten acre Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester’s City Centre. The 150,000 sq ft building is home to Bank of New York Mellon and is the centrepiece of the rejuvenated Piccadilly district. The development has helped revitalise the largest green space in the city centre – Piccadilly Gardens. Each year 18 million people walk through this refurbished public space. The retail mix is specially chosen to animate the public realm and help make the development lively, distinctive and successful. Argent were instrumental in establishing and leading the Piccadilly Partnership – a public and private stakeholder group, now some 50 strong, focused on the effective management of the area.
Piccadilly Place is a major mixed use development at the gateway to Manchester. What was an underused brownfield site is now an emerging new place, with homes, offices, cafés, leisure facilities and a 300 room Hilton Double Tree hotel. Piccadilly Place is on the doorstep of Manchester’s central train station, making it the best connected development in the city. It is a joint venture between Argent, Manchester City Council and TfGM, presold to the Carlyle Group. The buildings are set around a large piazza and link to the station via a new footbridge. The bridge and the development have created an important new pedestrian linkage between the transport hub and the city centre.
In the heart of the thriving Northern Quarter, the Hive has been hailed the greenest and most forward-thinking building in Manchester. The Hive’s impressive environmental credentials include an innovative â€œnight purgeâ€ natural ventilation system and a solar shading screen which spans the entire length of the Lever Street façade. The screen itself is a piece of public art – the motif etched into the surface is the winning entry from a national design competition. The Northern Quarter is Manchester’s arts and culture hub and the innovative and flexible work and studio space at the Hive is perfect for creative organisations. It’s no surprise that the Arts Council England has chosen to locate here, as well as the architects who designed the building. The ground floor arcade is lined with glass fronted studio units housing cafés and bars. The Hive was a joint venture between Manchester City Council and Argent.
Designed by Glen Howells Architects, the Hub is a residential development at Piccadilly Place in Central Manchester. Set over ten floors, the 167 apartments range from compact studios to large one and two bedroom suites. Everything about the Hub – from the interior design of the apartments to the fixtures and fittings in the communal areas – has been carefully selected to give a contemporary feel. Directly opposite Manchester Piccadilly rail station, the apartments are affordable for first time buyers. This makes the Hub most accessible residential development in central Manchester – in every sense.
Airport City Manchester is one the most exciting business destinations in development today, and one of the most significant in the UK since the 2012 Olympic Park. The 5m sq ft site encompasses offices, advanced manufacturing and logistics facilities, along with hotels and ancillary retail. Directly adjacent to Manchester Airport, it is perfectly positioned for the UK, Europe and the world. Manchester is the first airport in the UK to build an airport city and the development is expected to bring 16,000 new jobs to the region. Airport City is a joint venture between Manchester Airports Group (MAG), Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), Carillion PLC and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).
Argent acted as the development manager from 2013 until 2016.