16 January, 2008 – Bruntwood announces completion of New York Street development
Manchester-based property management and development specialists Bruntwood are delighted to announce that their public realm work on New York Street is now complete.
Having successfully purchased all of the buildings along York Street, the north of England property firm took the decision to completely refurbish the entire streetscape, unveiling a public realm scheme in early 2006.
Funding the project entirely independently, Bruntwood have now spent over £1.3m in improvement works that have seen the street completely transformed.
Works have included the narrowing of the road and extending the pavement, as well as the inclusion of trees, lighting and illuminated seating to provide a more boulevard feel. Traffic calming measures have also been incorporated into the street, to make the user-experience safer for pedestrians.
Bruntwood director, Peter Crowther commented, "This project is a first for both Bruntwood and the city. Indeed, we’re exceptionally proud of what we’ve achieved; helping turn what was, historically, a thoroughfare into a brand new destination for Manchester.
"It’s also been a catalyst for other similar public realm improvement in the city, such as the work we carried out with Wrather & Co. and Langtree within Spring Gardens, which we’ve just completed too."
The completion of the New York Street works help pave the way for the construction of The Exchange and their new build project, 1 New York Street, both of which will be ready for occupation in summer 2007 and autumn 2009 respectively; collectively offering over 145,000 sq.ft of high specification office space.
Crowther commented further: "Now these works are complete, we’re keen to see the final blocks fall into place with The Exchange and 1 New York Street, which we’re all excited about.
"The symbolic renaming of the street has also now been ratified by the city council, which is great news. Indeed, far from being a new name, it’s actually a return to its original name from the 1800s, when the road was actually called New York Street."
Source: Bruntwood press release