The Burton Building is typical of its genre and period; an ostentatious façade to Oldham Street forms a utility building to the rear. Conceptually, its conversion and extension seeks to unify the two parts by enveloping the existing building and in so doing generates a strong new identity to Oldham Street and Spear Street. The new building elements are contemporary, giving a clear indication that the building has acquired a new use and making a clear articulation between new and old.
The development creates a strongly designed building close to Great Ancoats Street, the north eastern boundary of the Northern Quarter Conservation Area, with the potential to underpin the regeneration process along Oldham Street.
With its views of Owen Williams’ Express Building, the interest created by this building will also act as a bridgehead to Ancoats Urban Village. This is the first significant private speculative development in this important location.
The development consists of 19 residential apartments (five one bed, 13 two bed) with secure on-site car parking. Entry to the loft apartments within the existing retained 1930s Art Deco building, the new penthouses above and the new apartments to 94 Oldham Street is from Houldsworth Street.
An atrium is formed through the building which not only affords efficient vertical circulation to the apartments but fashions a naturally lit entry space of some presence. Similarly entry to the apartments within the new building to the rear of Spear Street is handled in the same manner.
Conceptually the new extensions envelop the existing building bringing a unity to the whole. Upgraded shop fronts have been installed at ground floor level to encourage retail use.