Corn Exchange

We have provided the detailed building services engineering design for the refurbishment of the Corn Exchange, an iconic building in central Manchester which has a Grade I listed fa├žade as well as some internal areas.

The landlord has removed most of the existing tenants, and is creating a food and drink court over three floors. As such we have created a complex centralised kitchen ventilation system in a large central circulation triple height atrium space.

Our design will enable the new restaurant tenants to connect their kitchen plant and equipment into the services we have provided. Designing the services for the kitchen areas has created some challenges, as we needed to incorporate a lot of services within a restricted space, some of which is Grade I listed. In addition, we designed the heating and ventilation for the central atrium area.

There are plans for a hotel to be included in the top three storeys of the building. We have therefore included sufficient flexibility in the design so the hotel can be easily connected to the services.

The building is complex, and we have designed in sympathy with the Grade I listed areas, working closely with a Conservation Architect.
The construction has been challenging. We have used crane lifts which has resulted in road closures along main bus routes in a busy city centre. The adjacent buildings include the world renowned Chethams School of Music and Manchester Cathedral. We have therefore had restrictions on the noise we can make during the construction.

Corn Exchange