First Street Manchester
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First Street Manchester

  • Client / Ask / Manchester City Council
  • Architect / Ian Simpson Architects
  • Main Contractor / Carillion
  • Location / Manchester
  • Value / c.£4m
  • Completed / February 2015

Boasting a prime location within the regenerated southern gateway to the city, First Street is a new creative and commercial cluster in Manchester that has been designed by Ian Simpson Architects. Drawing on its multi-sector expertise and varied skills set that includes the delivery of the full building envelope, Lakesmere’s scope of works included the façade designs for the scheme’s new hotel, multi-storey car park and retail units.

The four-star 11-storey Innside hotel, which is part of the internationally recognised Melia chain, is the first of its kind in the UK. The Lakesmere North team undertook the installation of the red glazed terracotta rainscreen panels of the new hotel, which give a nod to the traditional ‘red brick’ properties of the area. As well as being responsible for installation and the seamless integration between the glazing and cladding interfaces, the Lakesmere North team also installed the hotel’s membrane roof and engineered the steel framing for the hotels’ podium block which has been clad in a contrasting black ceramic granite façade system.

The eye-catching terracotta cladding has also been used to create a synergy between the hotel and nearby retail building, which also features a Lakesmere installed Kalzip aluminium roof and bespoke aluminium fascias.

The new 700-space multi-storey car park has been designed to be much more than essential infrastructure and its unique façade creates an interesting addition to the development. Operated by Q-Park, it is also one of the largest car parks in the city centre. Here, Lakesmere has installed a complex package of bespoke ‘gold’ aluminium rainscreen and perforated cladding that wraps around the building to create a sense of light and space. On one elevation, the installation of the perforated aluminium panels was made even more challenging owing to the integration of LED lights.

Working alongside main contractor Carillion, the breadth of Lakesmere’s roofing and cladding contract at First Street meant that the team was required to work on several different interfaces simultaneously, as well as coordinating with the other trades and contractors working on site. With most of Lakesmere’s work being carried out using mast climbers, attention to health and safety was also paramount.

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