HBD reveals proposals for its next-generation Island scheme

Property developer HBD has submitted plans for its Island scheme in Manchester; a first of its kind building at the heart of the city.

Next-generation workspace across its 10-storeys will be accompanied by a carefully crafted selection of independents, creating a hospitality-driven experience throughout the ground floor. A laid-back basement space will host events, and a roof terrace will offer a relaxed place to meet and enjoy views across the city.

Designed by architecture practice Cartwright Pickard, Island is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings and the area’s history, keeping an authentic Manchester heritage feel with detailed brickwork and an industrial feel. The designs focus on high-quality sustainable materials, craft and workmanship and aim to make Island a city centre landmark.

After consultation with the city, HBD is also proposing the pedestrianisation of a section of Ridgefield, creating a more welcoming, friendly approach and allowing Island’s independents to bring life to the surrounding streetscape. The plans will also tie in with the city’s drive to improve pedestrian links between Lincoln Square and St Ann’s Square.

Adam Brady, Executive Director at HBD, said: “Island is the first building in Manchester to be designed post-pandemic and the design reflects that. It won’t just look great, it’ll be a place where people feel happy to spend their time, whether they’re working or relaxing. We’re creating a great community at Kampus and we’ll look to do the same at Island. We want to offer something new and exciting. It’ll be the best space in the city.”

Lee Treanor, Director at HBD, said: “Sustainability is a massive focus for HBD and has been central to the design of Island. It will be low carbon and environmentally friendly, with health and wellbeing at its core. Our aim is to make this one of the greenest buildings in the city, both at delivery and also building in flexibility to allow it to incorporate future innovation.”

He continued: “We know that Island is an important part of the wider regeneration of this part of the city centre and we have to respect the heritage and history of the area. We’ve worked hard to create a building that will be a good neighbor – it will be robust, well-crafted and will grow old gracefully.”

HBD is delivering Island in partnership with the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF).

HBD is one of the UK’s most active developers, focusing on projects across three key areas; urban commercial and urban residential and industrial and logistics. Along with its Manchester base, it also has offices in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Glasgow, and is currently working with a £1.4bn development pipeline.

Avison Young is advising GMPVF and is also joint letting agent on the scheme alongside OBI.