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Fraser House, Charlotte Street, Manchester

The scheme represents our first significant project since the opening of our Manchester studio and is very much in keeping with some of our areas of expertise, namely residential and the re-use of historic buildings.


Fraser House is a renowned historic Victorian building on the edge of Manchester’s Chinatown, designed by Edward Walters, part of Manchester’s “palazzo” architectural movement, which has stood vacant for many years.


The proposal is to work entirely within the confines of the listed building and accommodate 14 apartments, a mix of 1 and 2 bed on the upper floors, whilst the lower and upper ground floors will house a restaurant, as per the recent history of the building.


Our approach has focused on “taking what the building gives us”, utilising the loading bay as the restaurant entrance, and the existing Charlotte Street entrance and feature staircase to access the residential units from the first floor upwards. All significant heritage features have been retained and the units themselves are of an industrial loft style with exposed brickwork, cast iron columns, and historic features.


The process has included extensive consultation with Manchester City Council and the full involvement of the whole design team from the inception to achieve a practical, viable, and sympathetic scheme to bring the building back to life.


The proposal is currently submitted for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent.


Design team:

The space* studio – architects & designers

Paul Butler Associates – planning and heritage consultants

DYSE structural engineers

Russell Bolton Consulting – quantity surveyors

Parker Wilson – mechanical and electrical

Hydrock – fire engineering

Rawlins Safety – principal designer

The Shires, Wake Green Road, Birmingham

Currently being built, this project is a new build retirement village located in Wake Green Road, Birmingham for the Michael Blanning Trust Housing Association.


We are currently working on the interior design of the entire building, which includes 72 apartments, restaurant, bar/lounge, hair salon, wellbeing suite, and a village hall.

Visuals courtesy of The Michael Blanning Trust Housing Association

New Build Affordable Housing, Winyates