The site sits between Booth Street, Brown Street, Chancery Place and Chancery Lane and lies within the Upper King Street conservation area and forms part of a dense network of streets at the heart of Manchester’s business and commercial district.
This site offers a unique opportunity to develop a key island plot created by the intersection of two of Manchester’s town planning grids. The scheme proposes a 12 storey new build office development that celebrates the dynamics created by this individual location.
Approached from all aspects, the building forms a terminus for a number of key routes in the city and celebrates this in an understated qualitative architectural language. The glass "prow" of the scheme signals the intersection of Brown Street and Booth Street, identifying the main entry point of the building. A simple layered glass facade system fronts both Booth Street and Brown Street, whilst a more solid "wedge" forms the facade onto Chancery Place. Each vertical circulation core is expressed as a functional element giving definition to the building’s elevations and allowing the architecture to elicit the building’s use and purpose.