The Hive

In 2022 we were approached by Grosvenor to help them develop a design concept for a new ‘Plug and Play’ concept within the 6th floor of the iconic Hive building in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

The brief for this space was developed with the client team in London alongside local building surveyor agents on the ground in Manchester.

The market for this type of space has become very popular post-pandemic, with clients looking to relocate to smaller offices where the fit-out and furniture is rentalised as part of their lease.

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Project Details


6th floor 'plug and play' offices

Scope of works:

CATB fit out


4,237 sq ft



Project Timescale:

8 weeks

  • Interior Design
  • Tender Drawings
  • Site Interaction
  • Implementation
  • Furniture Selection

The proposed space was to appeal to a wide variety of organisations who may wish to be based in this vibrant and creative part of the city. The interior finishes were to be of a high quality, but with a neutral palette to allow future tenants to easily introduce their own branding to the space.

The predominantly open plan layout was to include traditional desk space, supplemented with dynamic collaboration areas to support agile working.  The single large meeting room is positioned in order to split the floor into two zones geared towards focussed on work and collaboration respectively.

Seating booths and feature space dividers further create defined zones, and the large kitchen / breakout area includes comfy sofas for relaxation and informal meetings.

The welcome area off the main entrance lobby incorporates acoustic slatted panels ready for client signage and branding.

Feature lighting was included in key areas, and the shelving units were accessorised with items sourced from local charity shops to bring the space to life.

The scheme has been extremely well received and we are working with the client to continue this concept throughout other floors within the building.