Arkwright House, Manchester Manchester , UK

Sheppard Robson has created a modern Grade A office development through the sympathetic refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed building in Parsonage Gardens, at the heart of one of Manchester’s Conservation Areas. 

The design refurbishes and remodels this prominent neoclassical building from 1929 to create 10,000m² of Grade A office space. The design breathes new life into a structure that has laid dormant for several years and provides a carefully considered refurbishment of the building.

A major architectural addition is the one-storey extension of the upper floor, clad in zinc and set back from the main façade to allow the building to fit in harmoniously with its surroundings with new open plan office accommodation offering panoramic views to the south. At the rear of the building the structure has been reconfigured to create expanded floorplates that are more efficient and flexible by infilling the light well spaces to create 15,000ft²  net internal floorplates.

On entering the building, the reception space has been reconfigured by removing the doorways on the right and left-hand side of the ground floor lobby, linking the arrival space with the original stairwell, with glimpses of the newly restored historic terrazzo staircases. Once in the arrival spaces, the design frames views directly into Parsonage Gardens. 

The open plan floorplate improves the quality of the interior and allows for more efficient use of space and adaptability, while the installation of suspended raft ceilings within each structural bay reveals the original height and volume of the historic structure.

Client
  • Catalyst Capital LLP
Size
10,000 m2
Completion
2017
Awards
  • British Council for Offices - Shortlisted

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