MediaCityUK Tomorrow Location City: Manchester, UK

Mixed Use, Office, Hospitality
Architecture, Interiors, BIM
Peel and L&G Partnership


An imaginatively designed BREEAM Excellent workspace for digital media and creative businesses

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Key Info

Creative office and media spaces, and a 112-bed hotel
Commercial office area - 5,000m²
BREEAM 'Excellent'
Key award:
Winner of the BCO Northern Awards - Best Commercial Office category 2017. Highly recommended BCO National Awards - - Best Commercial Office category 2017.

A new centre for media creativity

‘Tomorrow’ is an exciting, sustainable, low energy mixed-use building that provides flexible office space for the digital media, technology and creative industry. With world class connectivity – awarded Wired ‘Platinum’ rating – the building responds to the emerging needs of future office occupiers.

The office accommodation provides flexible co-working space at ground floor and mezzanine level, with an additional 6 office floors above. 

Striking reception area

The striking reception area boasts a screen of 7m tall movable fins, which allows the space to be opened up for events and functions.

Challenging convention

Chapman Taylor’s response to the brief was to challenge the conventional approach to office design, whilst using the BCO guidance as a framework to underpin the emerging design. The final design responds to the specific requirements of the target demographic, ‘Generation Y’, providing a fun, non-corporate environment with the flexibility to accommodate changes in the ever evolving dynamic of the media and technology industry. This building leads the way in the discussion on the future of office design.

BREEAM Excellent accreditation for both the office and hotel elements

Sustainability and energy efficiency are key factors in the design of the Tomorrow building as part of the MediaCityUK scheme, which achieved the world’s first BREEAM Excellent Communities award. The hotel and office elements achieved BREEAM Excellent ratings and utilising the site wide tri-generation system means that the power, heating and cooling systems are provided through one of the most sustainable means possible.

Naturally ventilated

Office floors are naturally ventilated using a bespoke design that was developed by the team specifically for the Tomorrow building, which includes full height opening windows and insulated vents to facilitate nighttime purge. The design is future-proofed to allow cooling systems to be installed if required, for tenants with specialist technology/broadcast requirements.

Turn-key solution hotel

The hotel has its own entrance at ground floor, marked by feature canopies, with reception, bar and restaurant space leading to the central core that leads to the 112 bedrooms above. The hotel was delivered as a turn-key solution based on the hotel brand and incorporates prefabricated modular bathroom pods.

Chapman Taylor used the latest 3D BIM technology to develop the design and integrate the structure, services and specialist elements into the building to deliver a fully co-ordinated design.

Chapman Taylor’s design has successfully blended the mix of uses without compromising on quality and originality.

For more information please contact:

Andrew Carroll
Director (Manchester)
T: +44 (0) 161 828 6500


Winner of 'Best Workplace' -  Northern British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards
Winner of 'Best Workplace' - Northern British Council of Offices (BCO) Awards
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