B-listed Merchant City building to be transformed into small business hub
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November 17 2016
This will see a new office entrance created off Montrose Street incorporating the existing loading bay doors with new retail and restaurant spaces inserted at ground floor. A covered arcade will also be created by pulling back a glazed screen behind the original façade, helping to address a change in level from the street to ground floor.
Forming part of a general overhaul of the building structure drawn up by Morgan McDonnell Architects this will see unsympathetic later additions stripped back and reinstatement of period features such as a grand staircase.
Six floors of open-plan offices will be fashioned on upper levels, designed to appeal to a range of technology, creative and start-up businesses by employing an ‘industrial’ aesthetic harking back to the buildings creation.
A feature will be made of cast iron columns with services left exposed to lay bare the original building fabric.
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