Amazon House, Manchester
Generally, a refurbishment of a number of floors of a Grade II Listed Victorian packing warehouse over a number of years.
Our first project was the entire fit-out of the vacant 3rd floor for occupation by ourselves, a structural engineering practice and a small development company. Leaving the existing historic fabric as untouched as possible we introduced free-standing kitchen and toilet facilities in ‘pods’, and a timber floor covering with as much cabling as possible hidden underneath.
Our second works consisted of converting a recently vacated art shop unit into office accommodation and providing improved entrance facilities. At that point the entrance lobby was small with barely enough space for people waiting for the lift never mind providing access to the shop unit and art gallery. We made the case that it was more valuable to the income of the building to lose a small amount of awkward office space to create a spacious and attractive entrance. The lift wall and stair wall were panelled with a Cherry veneer incorporating ‘secret’ doors to a cleaners store and electric meters. The entrance was given a whole new image and the remaining space on the ground floor was turned into a smaller version of the accommodation we had created on the third floor, with exposed brickwork, timber beams and floor-boards, and refurbished windows.
Subsequent work has included a full refurbishment of the second floor, following the same philosophy employed on earlier phases, and we are currently working with the client to create office space out of the semi-basement; previously a bar/restaurant accessed over a bridge across the Rochdale Canal. We have undertaken a partial refurbishment of our current offices at the rear of the first floor but there is a long term intention to undertake a full refurbishment at this level to complete the transformation of this historic building.
Client: Amazon House Properties
Heritage services by Atelier Heritage
Interior design by Atelier MB