No. 8 First Street, Manchester

Multi-use ground floor fit out creates heart space


Ashtrom Properties UK

Contract Administrator

IN4M Property Consultants

Contract Period

8 weeks



Ashtrom Properties UK appointed Flexible Business Interiors to fit out 4,000 sq ft across the ground floor of one of Manchester’s prime office buildings, No. 8 First Street. The project was won through a competitive tender process managed by IN4M Property Consultants and completed in Jan 2023 following an eight week build programme.

The instruction saw the creation of a vibrant new reception space featuring a variety of break out spaces, meeting rooms, a mini auditorium and café, and its striking design brought warmth and comfort to the double height lobby as well as offering useful amenities for the property’s occupiers.

A bold colour palette, natural wood details and planting were used to soften the existing concrete flooring and sleek black reception desk, while the high-level textiles have brought the ceiling height down and created a more comfortable space to spend time in. A bespoke wooden pavilion has broken up the floorplate and provides a number of work settings and a small café serves quality refreshments.

Delivered in an occupied building, a carefully considered phased approach was used to ensure the reception area could remain open and accessible for tenants and visitors, as well as out of hours working to limit overall disruption.

“We are hugely grateful for the skill and commitment shown by Flexible Business Interiors in the delivery of No. 8 First Street which came in on time and within budget. The effort shown by the whole team has been inspiring and the multi-use ground floor area is now the beating heart of the building.”

Guy Lewinsohn, CEO at Ashtrom Properties UK

“This was a fantastic project to be involved in, the quantity of bespoke joinery elements that were included in this scheme and the level of detail required to ensure they all worked together seamlessly made this a challenging, yet extremely satisfying project to deliver. The positive feedback we received from the building staff, tenants and client on completion is a testament to the hard work put in by all involved parties.”

George Curwen, Project Director at Flexible Business Interiors

The successful completion of this project has led to a further commission for Ashtrom Properties UK at its Horton House property in Liverpool’s iconic Exchange Flags.

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