The refurbishment of a listed eight-storey building in Manchester’s Northern Quarter has won a top award.
Designed by Manchester-based architects Atelier MB and SpaceInvader Design, the £8m scheme at 35 Dale Street was named best refurbishment/regeneration outside central London at the Office Agents Society Development Awards.
It was shortlisted alongside projects in Birmingham, Woking and Hammersmith for the accolade. The awards ceremony, recognising excellence in office development and transactions across the UK, was held at the Tower of London.
Atelier MB designed the refurbishment for client Helical, which owns 35 Dale Street, a grade II listed building constructed in 1903 for the cotton trade.
The building was overhauled inside and out to create 54,000 sq ft of modern office space over six floors.
In their summary the judges said they were impressed by the utilisation of space throughout the building.
They added: “This cotton factory has been expertly transformed to provide a contemporary workplace whilst both retaining and highlighting the existing features.”
Andrew Burns, managing director of Atelier MB, which specialises in heritage refurbishment projects, said: “It was a delightful project to work on. The building has been transformed into fully-let office space of high quality which is full of character and respects its history.
“The design reveals the raw industrial beauty of the building for the first time in many years.
“Extensive communication with the city council and conservation officer ensured a smooth delivery and an outcome that was welcomed by all stakeholders.
“We’re thrilled that the project has been recognised with this prestigious industry award.”
Savills was the project manager for the scheme and joint letting agent with Lambert Smith Hampton. ADT Workplace was the contractor, SpaceInvader Design the interior designer and Marketaylor the M&E consultant. The managing agent is Ashdown Phillips & Partners.