Gateway House, Manchester

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Gateway House
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Gateway House and Piccadilly Station approach pictured in 2011 before the 2017 refurbishment
Alternative names Piccadilly House
General information
Architectural style Modernist
Location Manchester, England
Current tenants empty
Completed 1969
Renovated Coming soon
Owner Realty Estates
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 9
Floor area 12,861 m2 (138,430 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Richard Seifert
References
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Gateway House in Manchester, England, is a modernist office block above a row of shops designed by Richard Seifert & Partners and completed in 1969. It replaced a row of 19th-century railway warehouses on the approach to Manchester Piccadilly station. The building, which differed from much of Seifert's contemporary work in that it departed from the bare concrete brutalist style which had become his trademark, was nicknamed the "lazy S" and was reputedly designed as a doodle.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

Modern architecture broad type of architecture

Modern architecture, or modernist architecture was based upon new and innovative technologies of construction, particularly the use of glass, steel and reinforced concrete; the idea that form should follow function; an embrace of minimalism; and a rejection of ornament. It emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II until the 1980s, when it was gradually replaced as the principal style for institutional and corporate buildings by postmodern architecture.

Richard Seifert British architect

Richard Seifert was a Swiss-British architect, best known for designing the Centrepoint tower and Tower 42, once the tallest building in the City of London. His eponymously named practice – R. Seifert and Partners was at its most prolific in the 1960s and 1970s, responsible for many major office buildings in Central London as well as large urban regeneration projects in other major British cities.

It is considered to be one of Siefert's most loveable buildings, [2] commanding respect from Clare Hartwell, who described it as

Future

The building was bought by Realty Estates in 2008. [4] Hodder + Partners won a competition to redevelop Gateway House in 2009. The plans are for the landmark structure to be converted into a hotel at a cost of £20 million. An office block with ground floor retail space on Ducie Street and a gym behind the Seifert building would be the second phase of the development. [5] In December 2011, the £35 million redevelopment scheme by Hodder + Partners for Realty Estates, was given planning approval by Manchester City Council.

Stephen Hodder English architect

Stephen Hodder, MBE is an English architect who won the RIBA's Stirling Prize in 1996. He is also a partner at his own practice Hodder Associates which was founded in 1992 in Manchester. In 2012 Hodder was elected for a two-year term as the president of the RIBA (2013-2015).

Manchester City Council Local government body in England

Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is composed of 96 councillors, three for each of the 32 electoral wards of Manchester. The council is controlled by the Labour Party and led by Sir Richard Leese. The opposition is formed by the Liberal Democrats and led by former Manchester Withington MP John Leech. Joanne Roney is the chief executive. Many of the council's staff are based at Manchester Town Hall.

Despite planning approval, redevelopment has not started. In June 2014, the building was sold to international property group, LaSalle for £26m. [6] A new let was agreed with Waitrose and work could begin on renovating the building with a new hotel operator. [7]

A major redevelopment of the neighbouring Piccadilly Station and the surrounding area has been proposed to complement the planned construction of the High Speed 2 (HS2) railway line to Manchester. The project would involve the construction of a large new canopy over the HS2 platforms and the creation of a new entrance to the station. [8] [9] As part of the HS2 redevelopment plans it is likely that Gateway House will be demolished. [10]

High Speed 2 planned high-speed railway

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a high-speed railway under construction in the United Kingdom which, when completed, will directly connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. Scheduled to open in phases between 2026 and 2033, high-speed trains will travel up to 400 km/h (250 mph) on 330 miles (530 km) of track. HS2 will be the second high-speed rail line in Britain, the first being High Speed 1 (HS1), which connects London to the Channel Tunnel, commissioned in the mid-2000s.

Refurbishment commenced in October 2015 and was completed in early 2017.

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References

Notes

  1. Gateway House, skyscrapernews.com, retrieved 29 November 2011
  2. Gateway House, Manchester Modernist Society, archived from the original on 8 February 2013, retrieved 12 September 2012
  3. Hartwell 2001, p. 217
  4. "Plans put forward for £35m revamp of Gateway House". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  5. Hodder bags planning for £35million overhaul of Seifert's Gateway House, Architects Journal, retrieved 12 September 2012
  6. "Tishbi sells Gateway House for £26m". Place North West. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  7. "Aparthotel secured for Gateway House". Place North West. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-24.
  8. "Mayfield SRF" (PDF). Bennetts Associates. 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  9. "Portfolio: HS2 Manchester Strategic Regeneration Framework". Bennetts Associates. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  10. Charlotte Cox, Charlotte (3 January 2014). "Manchester politicians dismiss claims Piccadilly Station's 'Lazy S' building is 'iconic' in row about its potential demolition". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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Coordinates: 53°28′42″N2°13′55″W / 53.4784564°N 2.2318447°W / 53.4784564; -2.2318447