Work has started with Ancoats contractor Armitage Construction on the refurbishment of Hilton House in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
Owned by CERT Property Group, the 35,000 sqft office block is one of the Northern Quarter’s most iconic buildings, built in 1965 to a design by renowned architect, Richard Seifert.
The works will see the creation of a new reception space and a full refurbishment of the building’s interior, providing floor plates of up to 5,400 sqft.
Externally, the building envelope will be completely upgraded, with its existing windows replaced with floor to ceiling windows to create a contemporary appearance while remaining true to the original 1960’s “less is more” design philosophy.
Interior designer the Sheila Bird Group has been appointed to develop the interior proposals and Buttress will be working alongside them to create a working environment that will be targeted at SME and co-working occupiers when the building welcomes its first occupiers in summer 2019.
Howard Lord, Managing Director at CERT property, said: “Hilton House is a perfect example of the rebellious spirit of the Northern Quarter.
“We are working with local talent to create a building which captures the Northern Quarter’s rich heritage whilst also recognising that the working world is evolving.
“The demand for a character office space in the area is high and it is our aim to restore life into buildings like Hilton House to unlock their true potential and deliver new office solutions across the north of England.”
Gavin Sorby, Managing Director, added: "Hilton House is a unique building in the heart of one of Manchester’s most exciting neighbourhoods.
"This comprehensive refurbishment will re-position Hilton House at the top of the dynamic, Northern Quarter workspace market, and will make positive contribution to the city’s fast-growing commercial property sector."