London Road Development

  • Location: Manchester
  • Programme: 2006
  • Client: Argent Group
  • Contract Value: £7 million

This project was prepared for a developer bid, and involved the development of an existing Grade 2 bank building with an adjacent vacant site fronting London Road. The combined development had to read as a single building whilst dealing with the need for modern office accommodation.

Taking the repetitive bay structure of the bank as a starting point, the new building uses a similar schema, including a piano nobile treatment, and matching floor and parapet levels. With its vertical emphasis, the new part attempts to create a design congruent to the existing without copying it.

Materials selected support this approach Portland stone, metalwork and lead, with an open glazed ground floor.