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    Smithfield Buildings


    Changing the Northern Quarter

    One of our first projects in Manchester, we transformed Smithfield Building into loft apartments as well as 21 ground floor and basement retail units which became home to some Manchester institutions.

    Smithfield Building is located right in the heart of Manchester's Northern Quarter and pre-development was most famous as home to Affleck and Brown - the department store known as the Harrods of the North. We transformed it into 81 loft apartments and 21 ground floor and basement commercial spaces which were ultimately filled with a rich and diverse mix of shops, restaurants and bars.

    Piccadilly Records, Bikram Yoga, North Tea Power, Pieminster and other brilliant businesses now occupy the space and add to the brilliant, Bohemian vibe that makes Manchester's Northern Quarter so special. We sold the building as a fully let entity to Aegon in 2014, not before we'd notched up 10 awards including a Housing Design Award, a Civic Trust Award and a RIBA Award for Architecture.

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    Meet the designer

    stephenson STUDIO

    Established in 1979 by Roger Stephenson OBE, stephenson STUDIO is an architectural and urban design practice born in Manchester. They have a long track record of creating inspiring buildings and spaces, and have spent the last 38 years designing the urban renaissance of the North West (some would say they are among the few who started it).

    Their philosophy and architectural ethos has resulted in the practice winning more than 150 national awards for architecture, and they have extensive experience of working with buildings of historical significance, like Avro.


    To date we have won 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.

    Check out some of the awards Smithfield Building has won below.

    Project / Client

    Housing Design Award (DCLG, NHBC, RTPI, RIBA) 2008 - Historic Award

    03 July 2008

    Manchester Civic Trust Award 2000 - Smithfield Buildings

    01 January 2000

    Civic Trust Partnership Award 2000, Sponsored by English Partnerships - Smithfield Buildings

    01 January 2000

    National HomeBuilder Design Award Commendation 1999 - Smithfield Buildings

    01 January 1999

    Housing Design Award (NHBC, DETR, RTPI, RIBA) 1998 - Smithfield Buildings

    01 January 1998

    Manchester Society of Architecture Design Award Commendation 1998 - Smithfield Buildings

    01 January 1998

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