Buttress has unveiled designs for the redevelopment of Hilton House in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
The 35,000 sqft office block on the corner of Tariff Street and Hilton Street was constructed in 1965 to a design by renowned architect, Richard Seifert. Over the years, however, the building has fallen into decline and is now largely unoccupied.
Developed for CERT Property, the proposals will include the creation of a new entrance to the building’s Hilton Street frontage with the existing ground floor frontages also upgraded as part of the plans.
The proposal will also see the building envelope upgraded, with windows replaced with anodised aluminium and flashings to create a distinct, contemporary appearance, while remaining sensitive to the original 1960s ‘less is more’ design approach.
Internally, the refurbished office space has the potential to provide floor plates of up to 5,400 sq ft when it opens in 2019.
Commenting on the proposals, Gavin Sorby, Managing Director at Buttress, said: "Hilton House occupies an increasingly important site in one of Manchester's most vibrant neighbourhoods, yet it has become an under-used and declining asset.
"The building was conceived at a time of huge optimism and unyielding belief in the future. Our proposals seek to continue that spirit and restore the building back into active use by delivering a contemporary scheme to today’s environmental and space standards. There is already interest from occupiers and it will make a significant and positive contribution to Manchester's cityscape."
Images from top to bottom: Hilton Street proposed frontage, Hilton Street existing frontage, Tariff Street proposed elevation, Tariff Street existing elevation.