Client: Arkwright Propco S.A.R.L
The £15.5m Arkwright House is an impressive eight-storey building located just off Deansgate in the centre of Manchester. The structure is Grade II listed and faced with Portland stone to three elevations. Designed in 1926 by local architect Harry S Fairhurst and built in 1929 for the English Sewing Cotton Company HQ. the building is of special interest not just locally, but nationally.
The refurbishment involved extending the first to sixth floors by infilling the three rear light wells that are now extensively glazed to maximise natural light. New office accommodation has been created at the seventh-floor level in the form of an open-plan suite, with panoramic views to the south. The ground-floor lobbies have been altered and returned to their original form, providing open space with views directly into Parsonage Gardens.