Malmaison Hotel, Manchester

This fine Edwardian building close to Piccadilly train station was formerly a warehouse for the Joshua Hoyle Company. Built in 1904, it is distinctively clad in brick, terracotta and green ceramics. The project entailed converting this derelict existing warehouse into a luxury 6-storey boutique hotel with 167 bedrooms.

The site was very restricted and the construction sequencing required careful planning. The works included strengthening of the existing framed structure, cathodic protection of the existing cast-iron and wrought-iron structure to prevent the corrosion-damaged frame from the deteriorating further, and the provision of an extension which provides additional bedrooms and acts as the main entrance.

The extension has a glazed tower and canopied entrance, while the rear elevation imitates the exuberance of the original colour scheme by means of a flat panelled surface.

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