Bennett Architectural was commissioned for the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Arkwright House building in Manchester, working with VINCI Construction with designs Sheppard Robson architects.

Originally designed in a neo classical style, the refurbishment included the first to sixth floors and part of the ground floor. There was also an extension to the upper floors at the rear of the building, infilling the three light wells, which were predominantly glazed to maximise natural light and extend to merge with the rooftop extension façade.

The system used was the Kawneer AA110 curtain walling system with a 175mm extended face cap around the perimeter of each of the 3 lightwell screens.

Each lightwell also had a pressed metal feature band around the screens creating a picture frame effect in a different colour to the stickwork.

Rob Bennett, Sales Director at Bennett Architectural commented,

“The challenge was to provide a system that was aesthetically pleasing whilst accommodating the required amount of movement in the building hence using the AA110 system over the AA100.

“Access was also challenging at Arkwright House given that it is situated in quite a busy area at the centre of Manchester.”

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