From Workstream Pulse, Winter 2015/16

Durham-based firm MFS Masterfix Systems has engaged Workstream to supply fixing teams and other labour to work on the cladding of the nine-storey XYZ building, a new office building in Manchester. The project, which is located to the rear of the Spinningfields development between the Royal Bank of Scotland back-office and the Civil Justice Centre (in which Workstream was also heavily involved), has had a number of name-changes since planning permission was first granted to developer Allied London in 2013.

Originally labelled “i+" and targeted at telecoms, media and technology tenants, the scheme was renamed the “Cotton Building" when a further planning application was submitted to Manchester City Council later that same year. Allied London has now rebranded the development again, this time as XYZ, unveiling the new name at an event held early in January this year at the People's History Museum in a presentation to around 200 agents and business stakeholders.

When it is completed in Summer 2016, XYZ will total 160,000 square foot with 20,000 square foot floorplates, alongside 30,000 square foot of public amenity space for tenants including a bike park, climbing wall, leisure facilities and start-up and co-working space. Designed by Cartwright Pickard, the concept of the development is to provide blank office spaces for tenants to customise, with lighting and heating elements to partition walls and furniture.