Steel tower provides
Structural steelwork continues to be the preferred framing
material for Manchester’s burgeoning commercial sector.
sector shows little sign of
slowing down, as a raft of
office developments are
currently underway, while a number of
prestigious schemes have been completed
in the past 12 months.
Structural steelwork is playing a leading
role in this sector, as the majority of
high-rise office developments, not just in
Manchester, are usually constructed with a
steel framing solution.
Developers and designers choose
steelwork for their projects because
the material offers a quick and speedy
construction programme, while also
efficiently providing the long spans
and column-free spaces, most modern
commercial schemes crave.
An example of the burgeoning
Manchester market is Brazennose
House, which is situated near to the busy
Deansgate thoroughfare in the city centre.
Designed by Jon Matthews Architects,
the new building will on completion be
the centrepiece of a regenerated Lincoln
Square. Replacing an older structure,
which was demolished as part of the early
works, the new building will provide six
floors of 9,300m2 Grade A office space, a
roof terrace, and retail and restaurant units
at ground level.
Manchester City planners believe the
development by Marshall CDP will act as
a catalyst for regeneration by delivering
high quality architecture, attractive uses
and increased levels of activity within an
improved public realm.
According to the architects, it will
revitalise Brazennose Street, animating
the important pedestrian link between the
Town Hall and Deansgate.
The scheme is also said to respond to
complex rights to light issues and provides
a contextual response to the adjacent
Brazennose House, Manchester
Main client: Marshall CDP
Architect: Jon Matthews Architects
Main contractor: Marshall Construction
Structural engineer: Ramboll
Steelwork contractor: Caunton Engineering
Steel tonnage: 1,250t
Brazennose House will
be the centrepiece of
a regenerated Lincoln