Located in the heart of Manchester’s business district and conservation area, 30 Brown Street, a four-storey brick office building with mansard roof, was originally built in 1985.
PRP's brief was to retain and refurbish the building to provide circa 50,000 sq.ft of adaptable, contemporary workspace. To reposition the vacant building within City's office market, and help revitalise the streetscape, designing a new envelope and contemporary interior were also key ingredients of the brief.
PRP's design proposals achieved this by adapting and extending the building's concrete frame with a new steel structure. To maximise natural light, the existing brick façade was removed and replaced with curtain walling, which now spans column to column and floor to floor with a light stone-coloured cladding infill panel at lines of structure. This new façade provides a transition between the Portland stone of the adjoining Edwardian bank, and the bronze cladding and tiling of the adjacent late-1960s office building, both of which are Grade II listed.
The internal layout was similarly re-modelled, with the vertical core rationalised, and a light well retained and repurposed, to better enable natural light to enter into the deep floor plan.