Manchester-based architects and interior designers 74 have completed the refurbishment of Building 3 at Salford's prestigious Exchange Quay - newly-rebranded as ICE. The project, for clients Ekistics Property Advisors LLP and Hunter Reim, is comprised of a dedicated social, meeting and bar space, a hireable meeting room, a co-working zone and five upper storeys of lettable office space. The project forms part of 74's ongoing involvement with the 435,000 sq ft Exchange Quay development, a collection of seven different buildings, all of which offer remodelled Grade A office space from a premium location on the edges of Salford Quays, Soapworks and the expanded Media City.
ICE is located on the development's central spine, making it easily accessible from the development's pedestrian boulevard. The 26,000 sq ft, six-storey building offers good-sized floor plates and excellent daylight ingress, served by a central circulation core. As part of the project, 74 designed a newly-expanded ground floor space to serve tenants of the whole development, including a reception, large meeting room (ICE Cube), lobby lounge and enlarged bar/social space to allow tenants to work, meet, socialise and relax, as well as a first floor lounge and co-working space directly above the new bar. The remainder of storey one and all of storeys 2-5 were then given a Cat A fit-out, ready for new tenants looking for a cross between a corporate Grade A environment and a more stripped-back co-working environment.