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CLIENT: Abrdn plc





A Grade II listed Portland stone clad office building, this Manchester landmark sits on the corner of Deansgate. With International Modernist influence, it was designed by Joseph Sunlight in 1932 and takes inspiration from early Chicago skyscrapers. Originally proposed to rise even higher, it stands at ten storeys with a further four attic levels. 


Based on detailed historical research, Atelier MB undertook complex repairs and refurbishment to the facades, restoring the decorative cast iron shop frontages and inserting a new double height glazed entrance to Little Quay Street. On the 13th fand 14th floors we removed non-original partitions and created large character office spaces with restored timber block flooring and outstanding views from the corner tower. A spectacular full-height light well sits in the centre of the building, beneath which is the basement swimming pool, topped with a stained-glass dome. We undertook a full restoration of the dome and added a protective glass roof to re-expose the amazing views from below. Our work also included extensive remodelling of the ground floor, preserving historic features and ensuring the building can continue its life in to the 21st century. 

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