A high specification working environment in Manchester’s premier commercial district
Client: Brown & Bancroft Interiors End user: CBRE Global Investments Project value: £500K Architect: Incognito Time on site: 12 weeks Location: Manchester
A landmark office location in the heart of Spinningfields and once home to the acclaimed restaurant, Manchester House, the 5,300 sq ft 12th floor space was to be completely transformed into one of the highest specification commercial offices that we are yet to work on.
Designed by Incognito, the Category A standard refurbishment would create a stylish blank canvas for potential occupiers, with high levels of natural light and an open plan floor space that boasts impressive views of the Manchester skyline and supports a flexible and collaborative working environment.
The design specified that each steel structural column and beam was to be clad in Alpi veneered board with a clear lacquered finish – a request which meant the cladding had to be constructed in two sections due to the only access to the top floor level being through a single set of lifts. This same logistical issue presented itself throughout the entire project, with each piece of bespoke joinery being constructed off site at our Preston workshop in parts no larger than 2m² and then reassembled on site; and each modular design receiving approval from the architect.
Operating on a live site also meant ensuring we had everything shipped to Tower 12 each day and located onto the top floor by no later than 8.30am to ensure the lifts were freed up for occupiers during high traffic pinch points. We also worked closely with the building’s security team to ensure our site team met strict noise restrictions so as not to disturb occupiers on the floors below.
Other associated works carried out by JSJ included: bespoke toilet vanity units complete with floating Silestone tops, specialist mirrors, supply and install of new doors, bespoke veneered clad feature columns and ceiling beams, and feature walls to the central core of the floor including upholstered panels.