Sunlight House Kinrise c PNW

Kinrise specialises in converting listed assets. Credit: PNW

Kinrise’s Sunlight House transformation progresses

Working with London-based architect Anomaly, the developer is proposing an extensive overhaul of the Manchester office building it acquired for £42m last year. 

Kinrise has submitted a planning application for the refurbishment of the grade-two listed Sunlight House to Manchester City Council.

The plans will see the building refurbished and repositioned, with the developer splitting some of the floors into small office suites aimed at companies in the creative, social, and professional sectors. 

All of the building’s 14 floors, except space that is currently occupied, will be modernised under the proposals.

A planning statement prepared by consultancy Savills states that more than 80% of the current market demand in the last two years has been for offices smaller than 5,000 sq ft and that dividing floors into smaller suites would be” a significantly positive attraction for this building”.

On the thirteenth floor of the Quay Street building, Kinrise wants to remove a corridor that runs around the office space, a feature that has been a barrier to leasing the space, according to Anomaly’s design and access statement. 

The building’s two rotunda rooms at level 13, formed by the stepping of the mansard roof, are to be transformed into meeting roofs.

Kinrise also intends to make the central atrium lightwell accessible for occupiers of the building. At present, it can only be accessed by maintenance staff. 

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Good for them , these older but iconic buildings like Sunlight house and the former Martins Bank are no easy conversion but well worth the effort for the fabric of their respective cities.

By James

This is awesome. Sunlight is an iconic Manchester building. Well done Kinrise!

By Matt

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