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Smart workplace launches in Manchester

Bruntwood Works has launched a tech-enhanced workspace at Manchester’s 111 Piccadilly.

The workspace features a ‘central nervous system’, a smart tech platform that connects a physical space with the people, processes and systems.

There is a circadian lighting system – designed to replicate a 24-hour cycle of sleep, wake, hunger, alertness, and body temperature – combined with the use of planting and greenery in biophilic design

The building features sensors to monitor air quality, space utilisation and energy usage.

Andrew Cooke, strategic director at Bruntwood Works, said: “The cutting-edge technology we’ve introduced at 111 Piccadilly will transform the building and its environment for the benefit of the people within it.

“By collating real-life data about how and when the building is used we will be able to provide an even better customer experience, and ultimately create more efficient and sustainable workspaces.

“The transformation of 111 Piccadilly has also completely rewritten the rule book for refurbishments and proves smart tech is not just the domain of new builds.

“Our team has created a blueprint for redeveloping existing assets to create workspaces of the future and that’s something they should be proud of. I can’t wait to welcome our customers back to the smartest building in Manchester.”

The refurbishment is part of the Bruntwood Works’ £50m Pioneer transformation programme.

There’s also a focus on art. The entrance has been transformed to include The Gem – a new sculptured feature that will provide a state-of-the-art exhibition space for local artists – as well as a communal area for people to gather and socialise.

A new independent cafe and lounge – operated by Ancoats Coffee – is also set to open to the public in 2021.