Leach Rhodes Walker on the move

The Manchester architect is to relocate along the River Irwell from Bruntwood’s Riverside into 50 Dearmans Place.

The 12,205 sq ft office will be based over three floors in what is effectively the lower western wing of the five-star Lowry Hotel. Over the last two years, LRW has built headcount from around 50 to 100, bringing it back to pre-recession staffing levels.

The office, which will be the national headquarters of a local firm now also working out of London and Bucharest, has a fully glazed frontage overlooking the river. LRW intends to move at Christmas.

Christian Gilham, director of the firm, said: “Manchester is the HQ for our practice and the base for our business, which has been rapidly expanding both nationally and overseas – we are now also working in Africa.

“While the move to Dearmans Place is only a short step from our current home at Riverside, where the firm has practiced for over 40 years, it represents a giant leap forward for the business. The space has great natural light and is an ideal working environment.”

The proposed residential towers at Riverside

The proposed residential towers at Riverside

The move has been necessitated by plans by Bruntwood and Select Property Group for two new residential buildings that will bring over 500 apartments to the Riverside campus between Bridge Street and the Lowry Hotel. The building occupied by LRW will be demolished as part of the project, although the rest of the commercial space will remain unaffected.

The Lowry Hotel has this month been returned to the market by its owner Westmont Hospitality Group.


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