Contractor Renaker Build Limited
High quality residential development
For this site in the historic Castelfield area of Manchester City Centre — stood vacant for almost a decade — OMI Architects has designed a new high quality development: Chester Road.
The scheme provides 188 apartments and penthouses across two buildings of 12 and 21 storeys.
The buildings design reflects the area’s industrial heritage.
The main body of the buildings features a deep stone grid with textured stone and glazed infill sitting on a plinth of sandstone anchoring the buildings to the site and echoing the material from which the basin itself was formed.
Glazed unitised system with top hung, side hung and sliding opening vents
Opaque unitised system with stone panels,columns and beams
Opaque unitised system with anodised aluminium sheet and anodised aluminium fins
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.