The Stock Exchange

Extensive refurbishment of the existing Grade II Listed (former) Stock Exchange building together with a new roof top extension comprises the change of use into a 5-star boutique hotel.




Finest Day (Zerum Ltd)



The former Stock Exchange was a vacant Grade II listed building, situated within the Upper King Street Conservation Area in Manchester city centre, comprising of an existing basement car park, a former ground floor restaurant housed within a magnificent two-storey dome and three upper floors of converted office space. The basement will be fully tanked and refurbished to provide conferencing and back of house facilities.

The building is to be converted into a 5-star boutique hotel, including 35 guest rooms plus a contemporary rooftop extension housing a further 5 additional suites, bar, and restaurant space. In addition to running the two restaurants Michelin starred chef Michael O’Hare will also operate a research & development kitchen on the ground floor of this old Bank. As part of the design process, each room of the historic building was assessed by a Heritage Consultant to establish the level of protection required. Historically important rooms were retained and fully restored other than new paint finishes, while rooms of no importance or of detrimental effect to the historic nature of the building were fitted with new partitions, ceilings, and finishes. In the 1980’s, the building underwent an extension, which was of poor quality and included a new circulation core.

All of the 1980’s additions have been removed and a new, contemporary core designed with additional passenger lifts and a feature six-storey staircase, which rationalised the floor area and gave back more space to the hotel rooms. New rooms were set out in line with the existing window bays and the steel framed windows were refurbished and the glass replaced as part of a wider objective to bring the existing building fabric up to current regulations.
A large glazed retractable roof forms the central feature to the roof-top atrium. In an effort to minimise the impact, the extension was designed in line with the existing structural grid, so that strengthening works were minimal. Due to the nature of a historic building, full surveys and collaboration of the project team is vital to the success of such works.

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