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Plans In To Transform Manchester Landmarks

Plans in to transform Manchester landmarks
London Road Fire Station CGI

Plans have been lodged to transform two of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, London Road Fire Station and the Old Granada Studios.

Manchester-based property developer Allied London is working with Levitt Bernstein Architects on both projects.

Subject to securing planning consent, the schemes are due to start on site later in 2017.

Mike Ingall, chief executive at Allied London, said: “We enjoy working with Levitt Bernstein they have a creativity that both informs and matched our vision, ‎which helps deliver what are often complex reuse projects.

“We worked jointly on the Brunswick centre to great acclaim, and will do so similarly on London Road Fire Station and Old Granada Studios.”

Gary Tidmarsh, chairman of Levitt Bernstein, added: “It’s a privilege to be able to work on and bring these two landmark buildings back to life, both of which will add to Manchester’s already vibrant cultural scene and consolidate our association with the city.”

The grade II*-listed Edwardian-era London Road Fire Station, which had fallen into disrepair when Allied London purchased the building in 2015, will be refurbished and expanded to house a boutique hotel, bars, restaurants, workspace and apartments.

Moreover, a new pavilion in the central courtyard will provide access to a further bar and event space. Its glass-prism structure is designed to create a stunning entrance with a grand sweeping staircase descending into the subterranean space.

Clad in semi-reflective glass, during the day it will reflect the surrounding architecture and blend into the background, while at night it will be illuminated from within.

The Old Granada Studios, meanwhile, will be reimagined into new mixed-use development at the gateway to the emerging Enterprise City at the St John’s neighbourhood. OGS Works, the studios and flexible collaboration spaces will be at the heart of the ECUK vision, which launched last month with a one day creative industries festival.

Old Granada Studios CGI

The former Granada House, designed by Ralph Tubbs in 1962, will be converted into a 210-room hotel with restaurant and bar areas on the ground floor and rooftop. A new ‘glowing box’ structure will house the new restaurant atop the building, constructed on a network of fine columns to create a sense that it is floating above the hotel. Many of the existing studios are being retained to provide studios and flexible event space that will cater for a diverse range of performances and artists.

A new building adjacent will provide 22 new homes, workspace and retail units. The homes, a mixture of duplex and penthouse apartments, all have winter gardens or balconies as well as access to a private rooftop swimming pool and sun terrace.

The commercial space here is complemented by modular units to the rear of the site, which offer further workspace for small start-up companies.

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