A building that’s rich in character

| Leanne Forshaw Jones

Among the many great buildings in our portfolio in Manchester is Urban Splash’s Richmond Street. The award-winning regeneration company acquired the site a few years back, giving it a fresh new look to create three floors of contemporary workspace. In true Urban Splash style, they retained all of the best bits – the original features like brickwork and beams – resulting in a space that’s really quite special.


This week, the Urban Splash team revealed some brand-new images of the last remaining workspaces,  with Rachel Thomas from the company, telling us more.

Like many of the buildings across our Urban Splash portfolio, Richmond Street in Manchester is a celebration of the old and the new.

Set in Manchester’s vibrant Gay Village, the building is a brilliant and bustling place to work, offering seamless transport links as well as the city on the doorstep. Already, we’ve let two entire floors of the space since acquiring the building – giving it a fresh new look in the process.

Now just one final space remains on the building’s first floor, and this week we had fun unveiling a new aesthetic, giving prospective occupiers a chance to see what’s on offer.


There’s an abundance of original features to appreciate here, like beams and brickwork, which capture the building’s original form. It was once home to the Nairn and Company textile business – so it’s quite literally the fabric of Manchester and that’s important to embrace as we welcome a new generation of companies here.

Equally important though is the vibrancy of the Gay Village right outside, and that’s why we’ve introduced contemporary and edgy pops of colour throughout the communal areas, while subtly incorporating  them into the newly designed space depicted on these new images. There are accents of red on seating areas, while the original cast iron columns are green, delineating specific areas of the workspace.

The green aesthetic also subtly  complements the leaves of the trees outside – ever so perfectly aligned with the windows of those occupiers who’ll soon be looking out of them.


The walls and floors are more muted, with shades of greys and white presenting a classic and timeless base allowing the bright palette to do the talking. This neutral approach was well considered to ensure that our occupiers can see there’s still room to make their own stamp on the space. We also kept the first-floor fireplace – a showstopping focal point in any workspace and one that works beautifully painted black as it really didn’t need any more emphasis; its original beauty is enough of a talking point!

This is the very last remaining space at Richmond Street, presenting a great opportunity for any business looking to call this lively part of Manchester home – especially with so much great stuff nearby, be that the Village itself, or the tasty array of local restaurants and bars – burgeoning places like Pollen, Nell’s Pizza, and the new Madre Mexican restaurant.

With the help of Canning O’Neill we look forward to showing new occupiers what’s on offer in and around this great space.