Swan Square ~ No Ugly Duckling

Written by on September 4, 2012 in News - No comments

Today, Tuesday 4th September sees the official launch of Workshop Properties‘ latest commercial development here in the Northern Quarter, Swan Square.  Located on the corner of Tib Street and Swan Street it has been open for a little while, home as it is to The Dolls House amongst others, Swan Square provides 14 self-contained three storey units targeted at the creative and fashion sectors.

Each unit has its own shop front, allowing occupants to have a retail window for their business if they wish, with their offices above. Designed by Jonathan Davidson at Q2 Architects, the units are fitted out to the highest standards including natural stone flooring on the ground floor and timber on the upper floors, with fully glazed front and rear aspects to maximize natural light. All the units sit around a new courtyard space which we’ve kitted out with tables and seating for alfresco working as well as lounging!

Swan Square Outdoor, Northern Quarter

Iftikhar Gillan, managing director of Workshop Properties said:  “I am very pleased with the set-up we have provided at Swan Square.  I wanted to create the same environment as we have done in Hilton Square for young creative and fashion businesses to thrive and grow through not only providing quality working space for them but by helping them to make the most of their business and talents.

Iftikhar set up Workshop Properties as he saw a gap in the offering of high quality but affordable retail and office space in the Northern Quarter for young, start-up independent businesses.  The first development Hilton Square includes Victorian terraced shops and a new building which contains 19 units in total.  The success of Hilton Square inspired Workshop Properties to create Swan Square.

Iftikhar said:  “My background is in the fashion business and when I came back to Manchester five years ago after a long stint in London I decided I wanted to make use of some property that I owned.  I have always loved the Northern Quarter’s vibrancy but realised there was a lack of good quality and affordable space for young companies.  We started with Hilton Square and because of its success, we have developed Swan Square.

Swan Square Main, Northern Quarter

Five of the 14 units are already let and occupied and they range in size from 1500 sq ft to 3000 sq ft, with prices starting from £12 per sq ft with flexible leases.