Next in a series celebrating the iconic buildings and areas that house our Clockwise coworking, serviced offices and flexible workspaces, it’s time to visit Linley House, in central Manchester.
Built on the site of the 19th century Dickinson Road Power Station, Linley House has had a powerful history in more ways than one. In 1963, it even served as HQ for the North West Electricity Board which served the whole of Manchester at that time.
Now powering start-ups and local businesses rather than lights, the 2020 acquisition by Castleforge has seen new life breathed into the iconic Linley House as the home of flexible workspace provider Clockwise Manchester.
In the words of Castleforge co-founder Brandon Hollihan: “With the likes of Adidas, Google and Amazon all having headquarters located in Manchester, it is clear that the city is now one of the fastest-growing business hubs in the world for young professionals and burgeoning start-ups…”
Sensitively renovated by architects MoreySmith to retain its industrial heritage, this 1960s eight-storey building has retained many of its original features including the ‘City of Manchester Electric Light’ sign whilst providing everything a modern business could need.
Whether private or coworking, these serviced offices have unlimited, high speed and secure wifi, breakout areas, event spaces, collaborative technology and 24/7 access, meeting rooms and even a podcast recording studio. As with all Clockwise spaces, all contracts come with flexible solutions too.
Key to the attraction of Linley House as a flexible workspace is its central Manchester location, great connections and fantastic local amenities. Backed by a spur in the Rochdale Canal that takes you to Portland Street, this Dickinson Street office building is a mere five-minute walk from the Oxford Road train station.
The Clockwise Manchester café will open in 2022 but until then, the area around Linley House has no shortage of places to eat, drink, hold client lunches or just unwind after a long day at the office.
With Linley House at the heart of central Manchester and everything it offers, there is a never-ending list of local amenities; here are just six to help you on your way.
- 20 Stories- With some of the best views in the city, this rooftop restaurant in Spinningfields not only offers seasonal dishes and incredible cocktails but also lays claim to the highest high tea in Manchester.
- Listo Burrito- One of our favourite lunch spots near Linley House is this Mexican eatery. The restaurant may be small in size but it’s huge in flavour and perfect for a tasty break from the screen.
- The Anthologist- Overlooking St Peter’s Square, this all-day dining and drinking space from London’s Drake & Morgan is perfect for business meetings, after-work drinks, lunch, brunch or dinner but especially cocktails that happen to be their speciality.
- Palace Theatre- A temple of culture near the office, this Manchester mainstay has hosted everything from high-drama to popular musicals and ballet to opera since it opened in the 1800s.
- Albert Schloss- Cook haus and bakery, this Bavarian bier palace named for the husband of Queen Victoria is open 7 days a week for live music, big beers and some of the best alpine cuisines in Manchester.
- Frurt- Sometimes the perfect addition to a working day is incredibly smooth frozen yoghurt with a host of healthy toppings- this is the place.
Whatever the needs of your business- private office, coworking or dedicated desk- Clockwise Manchester have a flexible workspace solution to suit. Find out more about our Linley House location and how it could be your perfect home, for work.