Projects / Manchester Evening News

Manchester Evening News

Relocation strategy, workplace consultancy and subsequent office fit-out and relocation of Manchester Evening News into their new headquarters building.

The Vision

To work more efficiently and to develop a headquarters that is fit for purpose, motivates staff and reflects the brand and culture of the company.

Our Role

We worked with the client to establish the key user requirements, business drivers and space standards. We then carried out financial analysis of property options against the benchmark position of ‘staying put’. By interrogating the business and space standards we were able to reduce the amount of space needed from approximately 120,000 sq ft to 80,000 sq ft.

Once a site was chosen, we liaised with the developer's team to modify the base build in line with the client's requirements and maximise flexibility for future use. We also advised on the FM strategy in order to realise further efficiencies and encourage smarter working. This approach has enabled the client to use the new environment as a catalyst for change, introducing new working practices and achieving culture change.

We provided full project management services for the fit-out and relocation.

Key Information

Guardian Media Group
80,000 sq ft
Spinningfields, Manchester
MCM Architects
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Move Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
M&E Engineer:
Ernest Griffiths & Son

Special Mention

“We moved 512 people without losing a minute’s productive capacity. We would like to thank Buro Four for their great skill and intelligence in bringing our relocation project to a successful conclusion”

Alistair Sheret, Guardian Media Group