The design philosophy behind Manchester Goods Yard

Construction Director for Allied London, Gary Mather and Chapman Taylor Associate Director, Mark Doughty, discuss the design philosophy behind Manchester Goods Yard, the new 350,000ft2 workplace hub at Enterprise City, Manchester.

Manchester Goods Yard (MGY) is set to become the fulcrum of Enterprise City at St John’s, a new digital media technology hub which will be home to a mix of SMEs and multi-corporation technology and creative industry organisations.

MGY is a significant new multi-use building delivering a critical mass of modern, flexible workspaces to promote innovation, creativity and identity. The open-plan flexible workspaces will be complemented by a mix of café bars, restaurants and leisure facilities, with the aim of creating a vibrant neighbourhood underpinned by enterprise, culture and living.

Accredited BREEAM Excellent, the building was constructed using off-site Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), using the latest BIM technology to realise design quality and improve health & safety on site whilst reducing the construction programme, waste materials and its carbon footprint. The design ethos is based on a people-first approach, with health & wellbeing at its core, creating a healthy, vibrant environment for people to work, socialise and enjoy.

Chapman Taylor developed the concept design and secured detailed planning consent for developer Allied London before being novated to Main Contractor Lendlease for the detailed design and delivery stages, seeing the project through from concept to completion. The project was funded by Aviva Life & Pensions UK.

Mark Doughty (BA (Hons) BArch)

Associate Director, UK

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006, becoming an Associate Director in 2016. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

He takes an active part in the BCO and completed the 2016 BCO Cycle Challenge, riding from London to Amsterdam over four days with 50 members of the BCO.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

Mark joined Chapman Taylor in 2006 becoming an Associate Director in 2016. A key member of the Manchester studio’s management team, Mark has a business development remit for the office workplace sector across the UK business.

He has over 10 years’ experience and has successfully completed a number of major award winning projects across a range of sectors.

He takes an active part in the BCO and completed last year’s Cycle Challenge riding from London to Amsterdam over four days with fifty members of the BCO.

Areas of expertise:

Office / Retail / Delivery / Design Management

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