Søstrene Grene, Royal Exchange

A heritage impact assessment was required to inform the planning application and in support of Listed Building Consent for a proposed refit of a retail unit and installation of ventilation and air conditioning at 12-14 Cross Street, Manchester. Whilst undertaking this assessment, Lanpro Archaeology and Heritage worked closely with the client, Søstrene Grene, and the planning consultant, Adams Planning and Development Ltd, providing advice and input into the designs and scheme for the refit.

The retail unit is on the south-east side of the Grade II listed Royal Exchange and within St Ann’s Conservation Area, in the heart of the city centre and main shopping district. It is positioned within the 1914-21 south extension of the Royal Exchange designed by Bradshaw, Hope and Gass and evidence from the remaining internal historic fabric suggested that it sits within a modified and much larger, once ornately decorated, space original to the 1914-1921 phase of extension.

Modifications to the design elements affiliated with the Søstrene Grene scheme were designed to be sympathetic to the surviving historic fabric so as to cause little, if no, impact whilst maintaining the brand appearance and highlighting the historic features to compliment the character of the store.

The retail unit is on the south-east side of the Grade II listed Royal Exchange and within St Ann’s Conservation Area, in the heart of the city centre and main shopping district. It is positioned within the 1914-21 south extension of the Royal Exchange designed by Bradshaw, Hope and Gass and evidence from the remaining internal historic fabric suggested that it sits within a modified and much larger, once ornately decorated, space original to the 1914-1921 phase of extension.

Modifications to the design elements affiliated with the Søstrene Grene scheme were designed to be sympathetic to the surviving historic fabric so as to cause little, if no, impact whilst maintaining the brand appearance and highlighting the historic features to compliment the character of the store.

Project: Søstrene Grene, Royal Exchange
Client Name: Søstrene Grene
Council Name: Manchester City Council
Disciplines:
Archaeology + Heritage
Emily Mercer (Principal Heritage Consultant)
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"A sympathetic refit of the Grade II listed Royal Exchange"
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