Project description

Part of the Kampus project to regenerate Manchester’s Canal Street and surrounding areas, the Minto & Turner Building, a former cotton warehouse, is a well known local landmark situated on the Rochdale canal in the centre of the city.

A red brick grade II listed

A red brick grade II listed warehouse building, it is an award winning scheme converted under the watchful eye of ShedKM Architects into trendy apartments by Mount Anvil on behalf of Capital & Centric and HBD.

Insta paradise

This Instagramers paradise has a real contemporary feel that manages to retain its past strong industrial heritage whilst making it suitable for today’s modern lifestyle. Inside is exposed brickwork and cast iron columns with large open plan cloister living areas providing dual aspect views through the black/grey timber casement windows. Outside, cast iron fire staircases and hoists have been restored and retained.

Grey/black timber windows and doors with red cast iron staircase

The building also features matching smaller square pivot windows and simple timber doors providing residents with great views and access to the street scene and canalside bars below.

Timber pivot windows

Having worked with George Barnsdale on its Nottingham Axis project, a conversion of the old co-operative building, Henry Boot Development was no stranger to the Lincolnshire joinery manufacturer, which is one of the oldest surviving family companies still manufacturing high performance timber fenestration in the UK.

 A mix of timber flush casement windows,  pivot windows and timber doorsets were designed to incorporate high acoustic and thermal performance to ensure the perfect living conditions inside the building. Part of the aesthetic on the canal side elevation includes the use of louvres for privacy and to maintain the industrial feel.

Timber casement windows with ovolo glazing bars and industrial style louvres

There is also some nice arched work at the courtyard end of the building.

In addition to the manufacture of the bespoke timber windows, doors and louvres, George Barnsdale also provided ongoing site surveying and project management as well as full installation using detailed interface drawings to ensure the perfect fit, taking into account the wonky openings typical of a project like this.