With £200m invested to date, Bruntwood Works’ Pioneer buildings are the workspaces of tomorrow, today. Focused on the core principles of wellbeing, biophilia, technology, sustainability, amenity and art. The Alberton, a £93m new build, will be dedicated to a greener, more sustainable future.

The workplace revolutionised

The Alberton is a modern reimagination of Manchester’s Victorian cotton mills with world-leading amenity within its walls. Set to launch in early 2025, the Alberton embeds physical and mental wellbeing into daily working lives, featuring the UK’s highest workspace pool within its ground-breaking holistic wellness centre.

The Alberton will create a Pioneer building with community and innovation at its heart, with event spaces including an intimate screening and cinema room in the basement, a large, flexible event space on the ground floor mezzanine, plus the 17th floor roof terrace, all helping to foster a sense of collaboration and inclusivity.

The ground floor mezzanine will also feature an extensive coworking lounge and a range of meeting rooms, with the full range of product offering available throughout the building. This includes Pay As You Go coworking day passes, through to Made and Managed bespoke offices, to support businesses of all sizes, from freelancers to large corporates.

Net Zero Carbon

the Alberton will deliver an operationally net zero carbon contemporary office building, considerably improving on the sustainability of the existing structure, which is set to be demolished.

the Alberton will operate at net zero carbon and is targeting BREEAM New Construction 2018 Excellent Rating and NABERS UK Design for Performance Agreement 5.5 star. The development will feature glazing detailing to reduce solar gain, ambient loop heating and cooling to allow for greater efficiency and zonal control. The ambient loop will even use the pool itself as a heat sink, so that all heat rejected by cooling systems elsewhere in the building is reused.

Utilising principles from the circular economy, the Alberton will recycle and reuse materials and furniture where possible to ensure minimal waste.

Architecturally, the striking visual appearance of the Alberton will become an iconic standout feature on the local skyline. Its character belongs to Manchester, representing a modern Cottonopolis in its contemporary warehouse aesthetic; visions of Manchester’s mills and industrial history delivered in an entirely modern manner.

Designed by EPR Architects and occupying the historical site of the first Manchester Gas Works, the Alberton is a nod to the world’s first industrial city. But it is designed to promote a new and better way of harnessing and rewarding effort. It’s the workplace revolutionised, an understanding that allowing people time to recharge and recuperate can significantly boost their work/life balance and productivity.