The British Council moved into its new Manchester office this week, which has interiors by Amalgam in London. This is part of a refurbishment programme of council premises worldwide.
The 5570m2 Manchester site occupies three floors at Bridgewater House and is a mixture of open plan offices and areas for quiet working. The conference and meeting rooms suite and restaurant are due for completion by mid-September.
The “general updating” of premises overseas endorses the council’s remit to promote UK design abroad.
Installations due for completion by the end of the year include the Paris office, with interiors by Harper Mackay; Prague, by Marshalls Cummings Marsh, which includes an English language school; Thessaloniki in Greece by Casson Mann; and the Slovenia office, the design of which is being handled in-house.
Kiosks at airport sites around Britain are also being planned.