The best commercial buildings are those that have been created to meet the needs of the business at the very heart of the design. We wanted to share some of our projects that are all unique in our response to the client brief and the needs of the end user, from Grade II* listed buildings for over 4,000 people to work from to modern new builds in the centre of Manchester.
Tribeca House – one half of a city block that was destroyed by fire, the remaining half is Grade II listed and is a fine example of Manchester’s Victorian architecture, in the Northern Quarter of Manchester City Centre.
Our design response is a contemporary interpretation of the former façade, the corten fins mimic the historical rhythm of the façade. The rooftop extension is set back to minimise visibility from the street and the project offers Grade A office space to Manchester City Centre for Kamani Group.
One Silk Street – One Silk Street is located in the Ancoats Conservation Area, Manchester. The commercial space is split over the ground, 1st, and 2nd floors, with 75 build to rent apartments located on the upper floors. A heavily landscaped roof terrace provides substantial communal external space and encourages a sense of community.
The use of handmade contemporary brickwork provides a modern interpretation of the building typology in this part of Manchester City Centre for the Northern Group. This scheme has been developed from an original design by Mecanoo Architects.
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India Buildings – An incredible Grade II* listed building that was converted into a modern, flexible, open plan, office environment for the use of c4,500 employees for HMRC. The space has been transformed into a flexible and efficient working environment in line with HMRC’s award winning Inclusive Design Guide.
Modern interventions were sensitively designed with an appropriate materials palette to give the appearance of always being there. The success of this project was due to the dedication and collaboration by the teams involved, Turner and Townsend, TFT, LGIM, Ward Robinson, Overbury and Ryder Architecture.
Tower Wharf – Tower Wharf, Birkenhead, occupies what was vacant, derelict dockland on the river Mersey. It brings Grade A office accommodation is provided supporting the regeneration of the surrounding Wirral Waters area.
The massing is reminiscent of the trade vessels which once occupied the disused docks and the materials palette took inspiration from the modern buildings in the locality, both help it sit comfortably in its context.
Innovation and cathedral steps – The precinct around Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral was entrusted to the team to deliver, it needed to knit seamlessly into the fabric of what was subsequently voted Britain’s favourite street. If you walk up the dramatic flight of steps to the cathedral’s ceremonial doors from Hope Street, you will see the design’s enduring quality.
There is a cohesion to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral campus, an element of this is the Innovation Centre that faces the dramatic processional staircase and sits comfortably amidst its neighbours.