The Hut Group's 168,000 sq ft content studio moves a step closer

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Plans for a logistics and content creation studio in Manchester for one of the world’s largest online beauty and wellbeing businesses have taken a step closer to becoming reality.

The proposed development, called ICON, will house The Hut Group’s (THG) new studio in a 168,000 sq ft warehouse as well as providing 104,000 sq ft of office space over four floors. The development is part of THG’s co-location at Manchester Airport which includes a new 280,000 sq ft office building at Airport City North.

The development will be delivered by Icon Industrial at its 45-acre warehouse and logistics site at Manchester Airport.

Icon Industrial, a strategic joint venture by Stoford Developments and TPG Real Estate, has submitted a reserved matters application to Manchester City Council for the two buildings.

The Hut Group
The Hut Group’s planned 280,000 sq ft headquarters at Airport City North

ICON could house up to 2,000 people who will work on the company’s expanding logistics function and video production and photography to be used across THG’s digital offering.

Dan Gallagher, joint managing director of Stoford Developments, said: “This project is the second exciting development on the scheme and the remaining land presents potential occupiers with an excellent opportunity to have a unit built to their specific requirements.”

Matthew Moulding, founder and CEO of The Hut Group, said: “Following THG’s acquisition and integration in 2017 of Hangar 7, the UK’s leading content studio, ICON is now the next step in expanding the Group’s content production and logistics capabilities dramatically. We look forward to expanding even further from here, attracting and retaining the most innovative and inventive talent from across the globe.”