PRP completes third creative industry dedicated project for Manchester City Council

Arbeta, a £10 million remodelled office building for Manchester City Council and Manchester Creative Digital Assets Ltd has reached full completion. The 138,000 sq ft building formerly known as One Central Park in Greater Manchester was designed by PRP’s Manchester studio and built by Vinci Construction.

PRP’s brief was to repurpose three existing, underperforming office buildings arranged around an open courtyard into adaptable workspace for businesses in the creative, tech and media sectors. To improve the quality of the workspace, increase the lettable area, and enhance activity within the courtyard, PRP’s design removed the internal courtyard walls to maximise natural light and repositioned the walkways at the courtyard’s boundary to provide spaces where tenants can interact. It also encloses the courtyard with a new foil roof (ETFE), to provide shared communal amenity and co-working space.

Alongside The Space Project and The Sharp Project, Arbeta is the third scheme designed by PRP’s Manchester Studio for Manchester City Council’s since 2012 to help support the growth of the creative and digital sector within the region.

Alistair Weir, Partner at PRP, said:

“Arbeta is a bright and bold workplace that has created a vibrant atmosphere for the region’s growing tech and creative sectors. Our brief was to repurpose the existing buildings and maximise the use of space and light to breathe new life into an otherwise underperforming building.”