As a hub for creative thinking, the demand for inspiring office space in Manchester continues to grow. With city centre space at a premium, the leading developer, NOMA-Manchester, acquired an Edwardian warehouse, derelict since the 1960s, and Hanover House which had been unoccupied from 2013. The team then embarked on an ambitious project to breathe new life into two landmark buildings.
With a determined drive to retain period features and preserve the façade of the historic buildings, whilst embracing new construction techniques and design cues, the project has a delivered a truly unique contemporary workspace that is typified by a stunning glass bridge which unites the new and the old.
The eight-storey Hanover House targeted a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’. This required the architects to specify construction systems and components which could demonstrate manufacturing excellence in the pursuit of the mitigation of environmental impact. thermal performance and are known for durability, to meet the criteria set within the assessment for materials, energy and lifecycle impact credits.
The Medium grade rated RMG system delivers a high performance floor with a UDL rating of up to 8kN/m2, making it the most frequently specified product set for commercial office buildings in the UK. RMG 600 benefits from EPD certification and the panel’s core also carries a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®-C019806) Chain of Custody certification, both of which contribute towards the award of credits within the BREEAM assessment.
To ensure the refurb was highly energy efficient, a total of 7,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm Pipe Insulation was fitted across the pipework and 500 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm Duct Insulation was installed on the internal ductwork, including those within the service void of the Kingspan Access Floors’ system.