Updated plans submitted for a sustainable work campus in New Islington

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Here is what New Islington's Electric Park could look like.

Updated plans have been submitted for an all-electric workplace campus in New Islington. The five-acre site includes five buildings, as well as restaurants, cafes, an on-site gym and plenty of public space. 

Developers General Projects have overhauled their plans for Electric Park following an evaluation of current customer trends and office space needs. More ground floor amenities have also been added and changes have also been made to the internal layout. Other new additions include an auditorium, customer lounges, coworking provision, cafes and on-site gym.

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The updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General ProjectsThe updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General Projects
The updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General Projects | General Projects

One of the biggest changes from the original plans, however, is to the facade of the buildings, which have been redesigned to blend better with the current architecture in the area, mainly the former mills. 

Ben Cross, Development Director at General Projects, said: “The updated plans demonstrate our ongoing commitment to deliver a people-centric and planet-friendly development at Electric Park with a revised approach that delivers greater benefits to the local area. Adopting this approach has influenced not only the design of the buildings at Electric Park, but also what they will provide for the people of New Islington.

“At a time when the way we think about the future of work is changing rapidly, we need to continue to push exemplary standards in terms of experience and efficiency. We’re excited about the opportunity to bring local businesses and entrepreneurs onto the campus and to provide high-quality green space to this thriving part of Manchester.”

The updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General ProjectsThe updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General Projects
The updated plans for Electric Park in New Islington. Credit: General Projects | General Projects

The plans have been designed designed by architecture practice Hawkins\Brown, with landscape architect Planit with the goal of meeting the standards of AirRated Gold, as well as Fitwel 3* and being powered by 100% fossil fuel free electricity with on-site renewables.

Electric Park has been developed in partnership with Manchester City Council, having received planning permission for the original plans in 2020.

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