Office Block, St Peter's Square, Manchester

Project: Office Block, St Peter's Square, Manchester

Curtain walling from leading UK architectural aluminium systems supplier Kawneer features prominently on the £7million redevelopment of a Manchester office block.

Kawneer’s AA®100 zone/mullion drained curtain walling, with 50mm sightlines, has been used alongside terracotta rainscreen panels to re-clad 80 Mosley Street in St Peter’s Square.

Robinson Architects were commissioned by developers Bilsdale Properties to redesign the five-storey building to bring it into the 21st century and revitalise the prominent site in the heart of the city’s commercial and financial district.

Approved specialist sub-contractor APiC installed the Kawneer curtain walling panels, onto which the terracotta tiles had already been fitted, over 12 months.

Robinson’s redesign comprised the retention, reinforcement and refurbishment of the existing primary concrete frame structure to allow for a complete facelift and recladding of the exterior, together with the addition of four storeys giving panoramic and unobstructed views across Manchester’s cityscape for clients in the finance, legal, asset management and property sectors.

Office floors were also cantilevered over the street to maximise the tight site for the client. Contemporary glazed facades of curtain walling were intermixed with the projecting terracotta cladding to create a contemporary building.