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.
Meet the designer
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.