[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Work has begun on a £7 million refurbishment of four residential blocks on the edge of Manchester City Centre
The recladding, landscaping and general refurbishment of four residential towers, at the junction of Chester Road and the end of the Mancunian Way, is being overseen by architectural practice 2e on behalf of City South Manchester Housing Trust. The works are due to complete later in the summer and the first round of a public consultation on four further buildings for the Housing Trust is underway.
Manchester-based 2e, headed by ex-Sheppard Robson duo Kim Ebling and Nittai Edelmann, won the contract after putting forward a proposal to use the style and footprint of the buildings to brand each by type, a philosophy which could then be rolled out to the rest of the portfolio.
The flats in Ledburn, Thomas and Westcott Courts are being enclosed in chocolate-coloured terracotta to three fascias and a rust-proof metal cladding to the aspect facing Chorlton Road in Hulme. St Georges, the fourth block undergoing a face lift, has a slightly smaller footprint and is being fitted with rose coloured terracotta cladding to all four sides.
2e has incorporated small areas of living roofs to encourage wildlife and photovoltaic panels to help power the buildings. Oak veneered doors, reconfigured entrance lobbies and external landscaping will also be added.
‘City South Manchester’s objective was to complement neighbouring developments and reinvigorate tower living so we had to make sure that what we put in place not only blends with the existing environment, but enhances it’, said Kim Ebling, a director of 2e. ‘These are landmark buildings so it was important to recycle rather than demolish them which is far kinder to the environment and a better business case for the bottom line.’
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