• Ice Plant Slide
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Ice Plant, Manchester

  • Architect
    Falconer Chester Hall

The history of the existing building which sits on this Ancoats site, is an interesting one. Originally built as a meat and fish store in the early 20th century, the building sat at the heart of the industrial revolution. It later became an ice-making factory and was pivotal to the ice cream barrow industry, which flourished in the Italian neighbourhood, as well as providing ice for the old Smithfield market. It would later become practice space for seminal Manchester bands and the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets.

The scheme also forms part of wider Ancoats regeneration and a masterplan, including the redevelopment of the new Cutting Room Square and St Peter’s Church, recently confirmed as the second home of the city’s acclaimed Halle orchestra.

  • Ice Plant Falconer Chester Hall

Sensitive restoration of this historic building was therefore needed, as we were challenged to deliver high density dwellings, which would be combined with new build accommodation. The scheme comprises 82 luxury apartments with flexible ground floor level retail/commercial units, fronting onto the Cutting Room Square.

The mixed-use flagship scheme combines the restored façade and original features of Ancoats’ historic ice-making warehouse with three new-build blocks, including an eight storey tower built around a central glass atrium. Spacious apartments open onto a stunning tree-lined indoor avenue to create a community feel.