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'We've bought this building. Excite me,' was the brief given to Stephenson Bell Architects by developer Urban Splash. The building in question was in fact a collection of nine different buildings acquired by Affleck and Brown, the 'Harrods of the North' which once dominated Manchester's northern quarter. British Home Stores took over the premises in the 1960s. By the mid-1970s the area was in decline, as the Arndale Centre established itself as the main shopping district. bhs vacated ...

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