A team including designer Space Invader and main contractor ISG is set to bring forward the conversion of the former Hulme Library on Stretford Road into a 22,000 sq ft office for Manchester City Council.
The 1960s building formerly housed a library, adult education, creche and café, before its closure in 2014. After being temporarily used as a homeless shelter between 2015 and 2016, the building has remained vacant ever since. Manchester City Council is now pushing forward with a refurbishment and extension of the building to house a district office.
Proposals for the building include major alterations to the interior, including re-purposing the ground floor to house a reception, open-plan offices, and publicly-accessible interview rooms. The upper floors are due to also include open-plan offices, and the building is expected to offer space for around 200 desks over nearly 22,000 sq ft.
Mechanical and electrical services will be replaced while a new single-storey element will be built to house cycle parking and a bin store.
The building’s exterior will also receive a makeover with windows due to be replaced, additional cladding to the exterior, and the retention of the building’s mural.
Contractor ISG is due to start work on the building in the summer and is looking to complete the project by March next year. The professional team also includes Cassidy + Ashton; Scott Hughes Design as structural engineer; and RPS as M&E consultant.