Arcon Offices


Arcon Housing Association

Project cost



Deansgate, Manchester

Project Description

Conversion of Grade II office buildings

Our design created converted office space within a Grade II listed office building in Deansgate, Manchester.

The project focused on providing converted office space within the listed building to provide sub division of spaces, new kitchen and sanitary facilities and provide disabled access to two levels within the building.

The scheme removed crude alterations to the entrance area including the existing main staircase (installed 1980s) to enable blocked windows to be opened up, and aesthetically improve the space as a main entrance to the offices. The replacement staircase is a sympathetic but contemporary intervention to create a sense of openness.

The new sub-division of spaces provided a level of self-contained office accommodation necessary for the client's day to day operation. A frameless glass system of internal walls was used to retain the sense of volumes particularly in rooms with high significance plasterwork ceilings and cornices.

Key Features

  • Frameless glass partitions supported only at floor level.
  • Disabled access lifts, fully glazed inserted into the interiors.
  • New mechanical and electrical systems hidden and separated from the significant period interior detail.

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