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Work in Progress

Fraser House, Charlotte Street, Manchester

This scheme represents our first significant project since the opening of our Manchester studio and is very much in keeping with some of our areas of expertise, namely residential and the re-use of historic buildings.

 

Fraser House is a renowned historic Victorian building on the edge of Manchester’s Chinatown, designed by Edward Walters, part of Manchester’s “palazzo” architectural movement, which has stood vacant for many years.

 

The proposal is to work entirely within the confines of the listed building and accommodate 14 apartments, a mix of 1 and 2 bed on the upper floors, whilst the lower and upper ground floors will house a restaurant, as per the recent history of the building.

 

Our approach has focused on “taking what the building gives us”, utilising the loading bay as the restaurant entrance, and the existing Charlotte Street entrance and feature staircase to access the residential units from the first floor upwards. All significant heritage features have been retained and the units themselves are of an industrial loft style with exposed brickwork, cast iron columns, and historic features.

 

The process has included extensive consultation with Manchester City Council and the full involvement of the whole design team from the inception to achieve a practical, viable, and sympathetic scheme to bring the building back to life.

 

The proposal is currently submitted for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent.

 

New Build Affordable Housing, Winyates

The redevelopment of derelict land at Winyates for GreenSquare Accord.

 

The proposal is for a mix of two, three, and four-bedroom affordable homes with five house types and new road access to the site. The range of Affordable Housing to include Shared Ownership, Rent to Buy and Affordable Rent. The architecture of the surrounding area has been carefully considered within the design, and the homes will be built using pre-fabricated timber panels.

Workspace on Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter

The project finally brings to live this fantastic linear space which has sat empty on the ground floor of New Hampton Lofts since its redevelopment in the late 1990s.

 

The design is for a new communal entrance with a flexible office suite on one side and a space for a restaurant on the other. A new mezzanine floor within the office space will generate more floor space and value whilst the location of core services and toilets will provide the maximum flexibility

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