Exchange Court Tower
Contractor Renaker Build Ltd
Exchange Court is the next phase of OMI’s re-generation of the Greengate area of Salford, close to Manchester City Centre. The scheme provides 350 apartments for the PRS market along with 3 levels of a basement providing 88 parking spaces. Resident’s facilities (Foyer/ Gym and Lounge) are positioned at the lower levels providing animation to the street frontage and a new attractive public realm walkway within the site will connect the historic street of Greengate with the River Irwell. High-level communal roof terraces will provide outdoor space for residents with exceptional views out over Manchester City Centre. The scheme consists of a single 44-storey point block located at the bridgehead position, marking the entry into Salford as you cross the River Irwell from Manchester City Centre. The building is clad in seamless glazed curtain walling with gold coloured reflective metal cladding panels set behind and is intended to ‘shimmer’ as the sun moves around it. A lower brick faced element provides continuity, addressing the street and knitting itself into the existing pattern of buildings along Greengate itself. The project is on site and is due to be complete in late 2018
Structural silicone unitised glazed system
Unitised spandrel unit with inwards opening vent and external perforated aluminium sheet
OMI Architects has been founded in 1993 and the firm is one of the leading design-led practices in the North West. Architect Directors, McCall, James, Berry and O’Dwyer head up the practice’s 16 strong team of architects and graduates, based in the former ‘Manchester Baths’. The quality of its work has been recognised with a series of awards for design excellence including 11 national and regional RIBA Awards. OMI is known for a broad range of work including residential, museums and galleries, offices, churches, education, hotels, leisure, community and public buildings, many of which are within sensitive historic settings. The residential work ranges from large-scale city centre apartment schemes to affordable housing in some of the region’s most challenging communities. To date, OMI has built nearly 4000 homes and its recently completed Manchester apartment schemes at Greengate, Alto and Wilburn Wharf are now making their mark on the City’s skyline. When working with existing buildings, OMI achieve harmony and balance between the new and the old, injecting life into what are often tired structures that have lost their way. OMI combine a real sense of interaction, delight and fun, whilst still respecting the dignity of the buildings and places that they engage with.