The refurbishment of Keene House on Thomas Street in the northern Quarter of Manchester comprises the demolition of a series of existing units which are built around an internal courtyard, allowing for the redevelopment of a new aparthotel building with retail/commercial spaces at ground floor and basement level.
The new building will maintain a heritage look due to the retention of the façade of one of the main units between Thomas Street and St John Street.
The building is designed as a steel frame with Comfloor 225 composite decking sat within the depth of the beams in order to optimise the structural zone.
A central stair/lift core provides the main stability element for the building.
The proposed basement is designed at lower level than the existing slab with consequent underpinning of the slab/retaining wall.