Jonathan Davidson Architects

This project is for the conversion of the former Manchester & Salford Street Children’s Mission building, dating from 1896, to create three generous-sized family dwellings.

The layout is split with the living accommodation on the ground and basement floor and the upper floors used for bedrooms and bathrooms. The ground floor is partially removed and glazed over at the rear to provide additional light into the basement. These two areas are linked by an open glass stair, which provides a dramatic feature within the new space.

The new staircases are separated from the main accommodation by a zone of ‘wet areas’ containing bathrooms and en-suites stacked vertically over all floors.

This arrangement allows the main accommodation to be the full width of each unit with the primary living accommodation taking advantage of large window openings and a quieter rear aspect.