Green light for the Rylands Building

5 February 2021

The conversion of the Rylands Building on Market Street into an office-led mixed-use development was given the green light. 

The £68.5m proposal includes 70,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space on the ground floor of the grade two-listed building, including a retail arcade accessed from High Street, and 258,000 sq ft of offices on the upper three floors. Plans also include a four-storey rooftop extension featuring a further 40,000 sq ft of offices, and a winter garden on the sixth floor. 

Part of the building will be demolished to create an atrium, providing natural light across the second to seventh floors. 

Working alongside Jeffrey Bell Architects, we're providing M&E Engineering for the scheme.

"It's fantastic to see the proposals for the Rylands Building approved. We've worked closely with the design team to develop a strategy that will dramatically reduce energy usage whilst minimising any impact on the historic nature of the building. I'm looking forward to the next stages of the project, where we will aim to deliver one of the first Net Zero Carbon buildings of its type in the UK." - Conor Haselden, Engineer and Partner at Max Fordham LLP

The Rylands Building is a heritage asset at the very heart of Manchester city centre that is well-loved by visitors to the city and Mancunians alike. The granting of planning and listed building consent means the city can now look forward to its careful restoration and repurposing. The Rylands Building’s hidden heritage features will once again be restored, bringing new-found vitality and vibrancy to the area.”  - Katie Wray, Assistant Director at Deloitte