Bruntwood development to feature highest workplace pool in UK
EPR has submitted proposals for an 18-storey office tower in Manchester that would include the UK’s highest swimming pool on top of a commercial building.
The Alberton is being developed by Bruntwood Works, the workspace, retail and leisure arm of the Manchester-based Bruntwood Group.
The focal point of the development is a rooftop holistic wellness centre, which includes a performance lap pool, a hydrotherapy vitality pool, hot and cold treatment rooms, fitness studios, yoga terraces, a physio room and changing and shower facilities.
Plans for the new building also include a panoramic roof terrace on the 17th floor, as well as a gym and a food and drink outlet.
Ciara Keeling, the chief executive of Bruntwood Works, said: “We understand that the way we work and live has changed for the long-term, so we wanted to give our customers a space that suits their changing needs and helps to promote a working environment where they can thrive professionally, but also personally.”
The Alberton would replace Alberton House, a 1960s office building which would be demolished in order to make way for the new building – the developers claim the existing building is not energy efficient.
The plot, which is the site of the first Manchester gas works, sits within the city council’s St Mary’s Parsonage Strategic Regeneration Framework, which includes the redevelopment of the grade-II listed Kendal Milne building.
The Alberton project team also includes Planit IE as landscape designer, Curtins as structural and civil engineer, Hilson Moran as MEP engineer and sustainability designer, RLB as cost consultant, Stephen Levrant as heritage consultant and Deloitte as planning consultant.
In April, EPR was given the green light for a 48-storey student accomodation tower in Canary Wharf which will be among the tallest modular buildings in the world.
The practice is also behind plans for a £300m ‘mega-basement’ extension of the Ritz, the biggest upgrade in the Mayfair hotel’s 115-year history, which were approved in September last year.