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Manchesters’ St John’s Quarter Attracts Investments



HQ & Hello House are the renamed and revamped former Granada TVs headquarters. The new Northern Quarter for digital & creative industry starts up in the North West

Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council:

‘Leading the charge north of Watford, London based developers Allied London Estates has acquired a 13.5 acre site sandwiched between Quay St & the River Irwell which includes Granada TVs former headquarters. The area to be dubbed The St John’s Quarter is to be revitalised by Allied London Estates, developers of Spinningfields.  They plan an equally inspiring but alternative addition to what is undoubtedly the UKs second city, Manchester.’

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St John’s Quarter including former Granada TVs Studios & Headquarters


Granada TV’s former offices were vacant and looked a sorry sight 6 months ago. Allied London’s visionary C.E.O. Michael Ingall in conjunction with OBI, Capital Properties & Select Interiors Ltd have transformed the former drab 60s built block into a thriving business community. The redevelopment is now home to larger corporate professionals – HCC & Shoosmiths solicitors, as well as creative & media companies like London Based Architects Levitt Bernstein, Manchester Confidential, Echo P.R. & Rormix.  The reception area has Manchester’s independent Coffee House Caffeine & Co & an art gallery, Artzu


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Hello Hub, in the HQ complex, is a drop in space where entrepreneurs, start-ups and companies come together to ‘meet & collaborate’. Serendipitous encounters with like – minded individuals and cross fertilisation of ideas is creating an infectious buzz. The economic, flexible workspaces and business support for established and start-up businesses is revitalising this formerly neglected area of our great city


In Manchester last year there were 12,000 new start-ups, entrepreneurial dynamism flows through the city’s veins.  Manchester was at the forefront in the Industrial revolution and is at the forefront of the new digital economy.  The St Johns district is the next Northern Quarter.


Ian Brown famously quipped ‘the only thing Manchester hasn’t got is a beach’ …watch this space.


Other Projects


Comercial Interior Designers, Select Interiors, were asked to produce design drawings for an office workshop concept & Co-Working space in Leeds Dock. This area is destined to become a vibrant and creative waterside community with links to the city via a water taxi service and a new metro bus service.


Interior Design Presentation – Hello Work

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The space planning and 3D design presentation was well received.

The team area also working on a restaurant design for the cool café independent Caffeine & Co within the Leeds Dock Development

Other current restaurant fit out and refurbishment projects Select Interiors are involved in include the fit out of six new pop up restaurants at Left Bank in Spinningfields – click here for more information

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Visual of proposed scheme

The Select Interiors team are also working on designs for an exciting new office fitout  for Manchester based Footy Accumulators Ltd – a young company start up that is growing at a stratospheric pace and wanting to double current workforce and allow for further expansion.

Select Interiors other design and fit out projects on the drawing board include a new gym in St Johns part of the Old Granada Studios site, also a bar, events space, a collaboration between premier bar operators Fluid & Allied London Estates. A substantial basement conversion for a new site for Chinese Christian Church, a new restaurant design and refurbishment for Allotment Bars Group in Didsbury, Manchester. Our current building works include a new extension to a Leisure Centre for Tyldsley Baths – The Pelican Centre  The works on behalf of cliemt CBES Ltd include full drawings package, submissions to Building Control. Main Contractor – Select Interiors Ltd to provide a concept to completion of building & fit out. The works are jointly funded by the local council, private company donations and The Pelican Centre.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog.  The latest news above will be the subject of further blogs over the upcoming months.  For more information on any of these items or the services Select Interiors offer please call 01614454040 or visit our website

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