This project was a challenging restoration of one of Manchester’s most cherished Grade II* listed commercial buildings, originally built in the 1930s.
A restaurant occupies the lower three floors of the building and a 60-bed boutique hotel operates on the upper seven floors. The hotel incorporates Japanese gardens, a restaurant and a roof top bar which provides panoramic views over the city.
The design team worked closely with English Heritage to ensure that the important historic original features were incorporated into the design.
The structural works included removal of the former bank safe stores at first and second floor level and infilling of a central light well at second and seventh floor level providing an additional 300 square metres of floor area. The Portland stone and faience tile façade was cleaned and repaired and the existing duplex lift shaft was extended into the roof space to serve the sixth floor hotel reception.