Newcomer of the Year Award Nomination
April 9, 2021
We are delighted to announce our Manchester office has been shortlisted for the ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’ category at the 2021 Insider North West Property Awards. The award recognises the contribution that a company has provided to the region, and those making the biggest impact on the market in the last 3 years. It also includes other newcomers such as those working in proptech or driving forward new concepts into commercial reality. The projects below are a few of the case studies that were put forward in our application.
The refurbishment and replacement to all 8 floors, comprising of 47,000 sqft of office space, with a ground floor OurHaus fit-out to provide tenants with more facilities. Quartz acted as both Project Managers and Employer’s Agents for this prominently located commercial scheme in the centre of Manchester. The office workspace was adapted to promote employee wellbeing. The roof terrace provides an outdoor communal space for tenants, which promotes health and fitness within an urban environment. It can also be used for informal meetings and social events which challenges the traditional way we work. Quartz had an active role in achieving the Wellness Accreditation gold standard for this project. The WELL Building Standard is a vehicle for buildings and organisations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that enhance human health and well-being. This involved liaising with a number of consultants on subjects ranging from the procurement of appropriate mechanical and electrical equipment, to locating and commissioning local artists and even discussing bee hives!
We are currently working on a 261-bed refurbishment to provide a hotel scheme in the centre of Manchester. This hotel scheme will help generate more tourism in Manchester. In March 2020 there were 54% fewer visitors due to COVID-19. However, January 2021 saw an increase of 7% to 3.0 Million and visits in February also increased by 6% to 2.5 million compared to previous years. We therefore anticipate further momentum in tourism levels for the rest of 2021, particularly with the Summer ahead of us and the relaxation of COVID rules. Qbic Hotel will supply visitor demand with a newly refurbished hotel. Some of the refurbishment works include new external cladding and a complete strip back to the existing frame. Qbic Hotel in London is famous for being the most eco-friendly hotel in the city. Qbic has plans to incorporate these ideas into their Manchester location to provide a ‘tiny little environmental footprint, not a great big stomp.
Manchester is a fast-growing city. The current population is now estimated at c.2.7m. Back in 1950, the population was c.2.4m. Manchester has grown by 20,044 since 2015, which is approximately a 0.73% annual increase. The increase in population means more housing and more jobs are needed in the city. Blossom Street will be helping by providing more accommodation for its rapid growth and jobs will be generated from the retail units and other businesses at the bottom of the building. With the dealings of the pandemic over the past year, people’s way of living has now changed. People are craving more outdoor/space and living. Blossom street has a panoramic roof terrace for its residents to use. This type of space has become very popular with inner city living. Not to mention, eco-friendly. What Quartz Project Services hopes to do next is to continue to grow their presence in the Manchester market and help buildings reduce their carbon footprints for a more organic presence within the city while allowing Manchester’s history and originality to shine.
Congratulations to all the other nominees and really look forward to hearing the final results!
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