Insulation central to energy-efficient refurbishment of Manchester building
The refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Hanover House in central Manchester is set to achieve high eco-friendly ratings, not least because of the use of extensive insulation.
Local building firm Russell Construction has been awarded the contract for the £34 million job by Co-op and Hermes Investment Management, a joint collaboration behind the NOMA project to transform the northern-edge of Manchester city centre near the Co-op's headquarters. Located close by on Corporation Street near the site of the recent Federation Building restoration, Hanover House was formerly a warehouse, but is being transformed into 91,000 sq ft of offices and 18,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.
The Co-op and Hermes hope the restored building will attract new tech and creative firms, with the area being reshaped as a knowledge district. Such companies may be attracted by the strong energy performance the building is set to have; the use of extensive thermal and acoustic insulation is one of the contributors to its BREEAM Very Good rating, alongside its use of low energy mechanical and electrical systems and close proximity to public transport including buses, trains and trams.
Asset manager at Hermes Investment Management Ben Tolhurst said: "Hanover's restoration will offer prime, heritage space that will appeal to businesses wanting the connectivity of Victoria Station and amenities offered by the Northern Quarter.
"Our focus on creating a real sense of place can be seen with the emergence of Sadler’s Yard as a popular gateway through the city centre which, together with the Pillcrow Pub, is seeing NOMA emerge as an exciting new heart for Manchester."
As well as making the building energy-efficient, the work carried out by Russells Construction will see the various integral elements that make it a Grade II-listed structure faithfully restored. This will include aspects like its plaster and terracotta clay exterior.
A popular building material in Victorian times, terracotta clay has the disadvantage of being porous, meaning it needs replacing or repairing on a regular basis.