This landmark commercial building, providing office and retail accommodation, has been designed as part of the wider regeneration of
The building is conceived as a series of four ‘stepping’ blocks rising from
eight to twelve storeys. With a strong architectural order, the design of the building matches the scale and rhythm of the surrounding buildings – the John Rylands Library and 1 Spinningfields. The office
accommodation is accessed on Hardman Street via three entrance spaces, and provides the largest speculative floorplate in Manchester, designed to enable each floor to be divided into two, three or four parts.
Two atria define the entrances, subtly controlling and uniting the blocks whilst breaking down their mass. Retail units are
accommodated on the Crown Square frontage, continuing the existing retail street and linking the development to Deansgate to the north.
This is one of very few buildings in Manchester to achieve an
‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. Energy-saving design and the latest façade technologies minimise solar gain and heat loss. Daylightlinked
lighting controls reduce energy consumption, water usage is minimised and the building’s flexibility can respond to changing needs for generations to come.