Situated within the St Ann’s conservation area in Manchester City Centre, Island will be modern and contemporary in appearance but sympathetic to its context and celebrate local heritage. The building is designed to be net zero carbon, BREEAM Excellent and WELL-enabled.
Chosen for their robustness and ability to age gracefully, the material palette includes orange brickwork pointed with dark mortar and a black/brown patinated steel base. Asymmetry in the façades breaks up the ordered rhythm and mass, introducing different scales. This adds layers of interest and intrigue, helping to create a more memorable façade and encouraging people to ‘look again’.
Permeable both physically and visually at ground level, the mix of uses will activate the surrounding streets and create a lively, vibrant entrance to the building.
Planning permission has also been granted to pedestrianise a section of Ridgefield, tying in with the city’s drive to improve pedestrian links between Lincoln Square and St Ann’s Square.
Island is set to have the ambience of a hospitality environment such as a hotel, giving users an amenity-driven experience.
The ambitious plans reflect the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has been reshaping our perceptions of work. Many people will be migrating to a hybrid working pattern or setting themselves up in third spaces such as coffee shops. Island is designed to reflect these changes and provide a blended environment that suits the aspirations of future occupants.
Director, Cartwright Pickard
Executive Director, HBD