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Oh Manchester…!



In this weeks Guest Blog, Alan Robson, Managing Director of Project Four announces their expansion into Manchester.

It was on, then it was off…a bit like the last 12 months, in all parts of society. But now is the time to make the move, and we are delighted after viewing many spaces to announce our new base in Manchester – will be at Blackfriars House, just off Deansgate.

Although this feels like a big step and a new era beckons, as a business Project Four have had a presence in Manchester from day one of setting up (01/03/2017). Working with clients strategically on a retained basis and on some key projects, quietly working away under the radar.

Project Four Directors Alan Robson + Max Meadows

Professionally, both Directors have worked in Manchester for many years working on some great projects, such as Manchester Airport Group with Laing O’Rourke, Major Redevelopment of City Tower with Bruntwood, No.2 St. Peters Square with Mosley Street Ventures and Proton Beam Therapy Unit with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

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More recently we are working on projects with One Heritage, Glenbrook, Sheppard Robson, Robertson, Fletcher Rae Architects, Cert Properties, JDA Architects, Commercial Estates Group (CEG), Wates Construction, Buttress Architects, Shedkm Architecture, Studio Egret West, U+I, Ultimate, and Peel Land + Property to name a few.

To compliment our head quarters on Liverpool Waterfront, at Avenue HQ (AHQ) Mann Island we have seen first hand the benefits of co-working and working with our landlord to support the growth of the business over the last four years. Initially, taking ‘hot desk space’ at AHQ evolving through fixed desks, small office and three moves later (within the same building) we have 12 person office (and looking at the next move later this year). There are many positives that come with this setup – social, breakout spaces (couches, arm chairs), meeting rooms, boardroom, parking to name a few.

Project Four Head Quarters Liverpool Waterfront, at Mann Island.

Project Four also have office and meeting space at East Parade in Leeds City Centre to support the Yorkshire client base. Taking this strategy to Birmingham and London later this year. Ultimately we don’t need huge office space, but a space to meet the team, socialise and open up to clients for 1-2-1 meetings, hosting design team meetings and (when restrictions lift) hosting networking and CPD/training events for clients and the construction industry.

To support our arrival at Blackfriars we have also been busy on the recruitment front + are very excited to make those announcements very soon also.

Heather Gray helped Project Four decide on their new base

Heather Gray of Bruntwood Works “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Project Four Safety to Blackfriars House, and that they’ve chosen our Pioneer site for their Manchester HQ. They have shown incredible growth aspirations over the past year, and we think they’ll fit right into our community of inspirational, community led organisations.” Heather was extremely helpful and instrumental during the viewing/selection process for our new Manchester based.

We really are excited about this new phase of our business and look forward to being able to invite our nearest and dearest to a face-to-face office launch. As always…onward + upwards.

Words by Alan Robson, Managing Director of Project Four.

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