Express Networks, Phase II


Client - Artisan

Location - Manchester


New-build extension to the Grade II listed Express Buildings by Sir Owen Williams built in 1939 to provide 46 live/work apartments over five storeys and 2000 m² of ‘fast wired’ office space. The design retained and extended an existing steel frame, and employed a simple palette of silver stainless steel, galvanized steel, pre-weathered zinc, powder-coated aluminium windows and black ceramic tiles. The matt silver stainless steel cladding contrasts but subtly compliments the gloss black plexiglass cladding of the adjacent listed building.

Express Networks, Phase II, Manchester

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O'Connell East Architects



Newton House

63 Newton Street


M1 1ET

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