Case Study

Civic

Alexandra House

Hulme, Manchester

Client
Manchester City Council
Location
Hulme, Manchester
Value
£10.2m
Contractor
ISG
Start
September 2019
Completion
January 2021
Sector
Civic
Form of Contract
NEC3
Delivery Type
Design and Construction

This project sees ISG transform an existing 1970s office block into a modern working space for council staff and improve a well-used public car park.

Work has begun with a complete strip out, after which new working areas will be created and all windows replaced. The work will help improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

When complete, the eight floors will boast open plan working spaces, breakout areas and two new lifts, plus a brand-new entrance on Moss Lane East.

Community investment
ISG is keen to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits to the local area as a whole during time on site, and are already doing so by:
• Providing seven apprentices and five employment opportunities for local people
• Holding six events in local schools including site visits, classroom activities,
career talks and mock interviews
• Working with the Skills Builder Partnership to help young people build essential
skills
• Supporting Manchester City Council’s work and skills team to deliver a local
project that improves the natural environment in Hulme
• Working closely with local resident groups to reuse materials
• Designing a traffic calming scheme for the area, leading to pivotal changes to a busy thoroughfare behind the site and the securing of funding from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham’s plan for a new city region cycling plan.

“For a refurbishment as complex as this, and on a building of its age, with a legacy of structural issues, detailed planning and the valuable expertise of the delivery team was always going to be crucial to the success of the project. The ISG team has demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and professionalism throughout the design stages and continue to work collaboratively with Manchester City Council.” Promise Amadi, Project Manager, Capital Programmes and Procurement, Manchester City Council