Tomorrow Location City: Manchester, UK

A BREEAM Excellent workspace for digital media and creative industries.

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


Key Info

Creative office and media spaces, and a 112-bed hotel
9,360m² GBA
Completed in 2016
Key awards:
Winner of the BCO Northern Awards - 'Best Commercial Office' category 2017. Highly Commended at the BCO National Awards - 'Best Commercial Office' category 2017
In September 2020, it was varified as a Net Zero Carbon building, using the UK Green Building Council’s 2019 framework definition

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A new centre for media creativity

Tomorrow is a sustainable, low-energy, mixed-use building that provides flexible office space for the digital media, technology, and creative industries. Provided with world-class connectivity (awarded Wired ‘Platinum’ rating), the building is flexible and responsive to the changing needs of occupiers, whilst providing a fun working environment.

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

Striking reception area

The striking reception area boasts a screen of 7 metre-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, while 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 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 MediaCity scheme, which achieved the world’s first BREEAM Excellent Communities award. The hotel and office elements also achieved BREEAM Excellent ratings, and using 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 which was developed by the team specifically for the Tomorrow building - including 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.

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.

Andrew Carroll

Director, UK

Since joining Chapman Taylor in 2002, Andy has led the design and delivery of major projects across a range of sectors including mixed-use, office, residential, hospitality, retail and leisure.

Andy is a core member of the Manchester Studio leadership team. As a UK Board Director, he oversees our workplace and design delivery services and contributes to defining and implementing our core values across the UK.

Areas of expertise:

Mixed-use / Workplace / Residential / Hospitality / Retail / Leisure / Design Management / Design Delivery


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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