The site is situated within Manchester’s city centre, occupying a key location between the established commercial Deansgate thoroughfare and the recently established Spinningfields business district.
The design concept was to create Grade A office facilities with a net carbon zero output. Leading the way forward towards Manchester mayor Andy Burnam’s aspirations for 2038. We at Seed Architects are precious about climate change and produced a design to refurbish the building and create not only the Grade A Offices but also Manchester’s first Carbon neutral PassivHaus commercial building refurbishment.
The design centres around 3 main points:
– The removal of the second stair core to increase usable floor space on all floor plates.
– The provision of a lift with level access to each floor.
– The addition of solar panels on the south facing roof slopes to generate a proportion of the building’s electricity use. This is part of the overall aim of the building to reach PassivHaus standards. The proposed Quay Street Elevation aims to enhance the existing qualities. The brick infill is removed to create tall windows at street level, allowing a greater proportion of light into the ground and lower ground floors. The visual hierarchy is restored as the window size decreases as you get further up the elevation. The UPVC frames will be replaced with thin profile aluminium frames with triple glazing, chosen for its acoustic and thermal properties. Level access will be created at the main entrance and the solid panelled door replaced with a glass double door. The proposed Young Street facade incorporates the same changes as the Quay Street facade with existing UPVC windows replaced with thin profile aluminium triple glazed units.