More than 850 WSP staff have this week moved into their new offices at No8 First Street, Manchester.

The leading engineering and professional services firm now occupies 54,000 sq. ft across the first and second floors of the building; a move that allowed WSP to bring together four existing offices spread across the city, into a single, central location.

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WSP – one of the largest engineering and professional consultancies in Manchester - will also benefit from two of No8’s winter garden spaces on the first floor which provide double height breakout space for occupiers and visitors to enjoy.

Commenting, Mark Hurley, Head of Environment and WSP leadership sponsor for the move said: “WSP had around 850 engineers, planners and environmental experts based in 4 offices  in Manchester.   This move has been some time in the planning and we are delighted with the end result which will allow more flexible and collaborative working.

“We looked at a number of office spaces across the city but No8 met all our requirements both in terms of location and in offering a brand-new open plan space and supports WSPs ambition to be carbon neutral by 2025.. This is a major investment for WSP and it underlines our commitment to the city and the North West as a whole.”

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 As well as being in a central location with great transport links, WSP will be seeking Fitwel accreditation for its new office, reflecting that the health and well-being of staff was incorporated into the design of the space from the outset. 

Already settled in to No 8, WSP joins energy supplier Gazprom which took 40,000 sq. ft of space across floors 5 and 6 earlier this year.

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Notes to editors 

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.  


With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 43,600 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. 


About No.8

Manchester’s most distinctive, Grade A, BREEAM rated ‘Excellent’, office development is being delivered in a joint venture partnership comprising PATRIZIA UK and GMPVF with the development management role being undertaken by Ask Real Estate.

Located in the City’s distinctive new neighbourhood, First Street, No.8 delivers 170,000 sq. ft of office accommodation over six floors. The unrivalled 26,000 sq. ft, largely column free floorplates offer flexible working layouts for businesses looking to provide a unique, central location for their workforce.

No.8 features Manchester’s first ever winter gardens, unique double height breakout spaces with stunning views across the city and which will also be lit at night.

No.8 stands proudly in the centre of the £500m First Street development, surrounded by a wide range of cultural and leisure attractions, which includes HOME, INNSIDE Manchester hotel, The Gasworks, The Laundrette, Indian Tiffin Room, Wood Manchester, Junkyard Golf, Starbucks and Pizza Express as well as Sainsbury’s.



For further information please contact Deborah Hastie at Anita Morris Associates on 01943 603311/ 07799 575558