29 March 2017
Construction News has published a feature-length editorial on our extensive refurbishment work at Manchester’s iconic Corn Exchange building, where we are currently turning the upper floors of the listed building into 114 studio rooms.
The site's location on one of the city’s busiest shopping streets has presented the team with many logistical challenges.
In order to avoid pedestrian areas and live retail environments on the ground level, the team are using the windows on the upper levels as access points for all site materials, with some of the windows measuring only 1.2m wide.
"All our materials have to come through that way: plasterboard, beds, every piece of steel, every pipe and every door," said project manager David Booth to Construction News.
David said it is not like a normal design and build contract.
"It's only when you open these buildings up that you can develop your own design, [and] even though we're already on site we're developing that design now to make sure that it complies."
The current Manchester Corn Exchange building dates from 1903 and has enjoyed many iterations over the years, from a market to a shopping centre and currently as the site of a range of bars and restaurants.
The building was also damaged in the IRA bombing of 1996.
We are currently refurbishing the upper levels of the building for the hotel provider Roomzzz and working towards a completion date of December 2017.
Follow the link to read the full article, ISG spies window of opportunity on Manchester's newest hotel, on constructionnews.co.uk. Please note the article may only be available for registered users.