The Press

On a site brimming with history, a subtle approach is often all that’s needed for regeneration.

The Press is a residential project steeped in Manchester’s industrial past. Although first built for the Co-operative Printing Society in the 1870s, the location has been extended several times, with each new addition featuring the latest construction technology of the time.

The site was acquired by Salboy with a view to converting the buildings into a modern residential development. Offering a selection of New-York style one, two and three-bedroom townhouses and apartments, The Press blends thoughtful design with gorgeous original features.

Poorly utilised and part dilapidated, there was much work to be done to convert the premises into a premium residential development. Because each block was built at a different time in history, there wasn’t a one-size-fits-all structural solution to be had.

The key to this fantastic heritage project was in the extensive investigations we carried out for each block. Getting a detailed understanding of each frame, section, and connection detail enabled us to perform the necessary rigorous engineering analysis. The level of understanding we achieved from this ultimately meant we were able to minimise the structural interventions needed on this historically sensitive site.

Our light touch approach meant that the period aspects of the development shone through. Our design left much of the primary structure exposed and avoided intrusive steel strengthening works that are typical of such renovation projects.

This minimalist approach added aesthetic value, passed on significant material savings to the client and minimised the embodied carbon.

Client: Salboy & Park Lane Group
Location: Manchester
Value: £7M