Ocean Street, Altrincham


Working with developer and repeat client Quorum, we have designed proposals for two industrial units on a three-acre site in Broadheath, Altrincham.

The first of the proposed buildings will offer 37,000 sqft of space, including room for offices and a mezzanine. The second will be 25,000 sqft.

The units have been carefully designed to be in keeping with other industrial units in the surrounding area and has evolved to address issues of scale, materiality and creating visual interest.

A key design consideration has been to create activity and interest on the northern, street-facing elevation by locating the offices here. These glazed offices are two-storey, are extruded from the building plan and feature parapet roof structures which contrast with the pitched roof of the adjoining warehouses. Adding further interest and rhythm, feature bands of cladding in contrasting colours break up the elevation.

The buildings incorporate passive design principles where possible, including building orientation, form, layout / internal organisation, solar gain / shading, daylighting and the size and position of apertures to minimise energy use and thereby reduce carbon emissions. Our proposals include utilising low u-value triple skin factory assembled non-fragile rooflights to warehouse spaces and optimising the rooflight percentage to maximise daylight relative to solar gain.

This is the latest in an extensive portfolio of work with developer Quorum.

These two new units will provide best in class accommodation aimed at the increasingly active SME market. They will help meet increasing demand across the South Manchester market where there is a distinct lack of available modern stock and record low vacancy rates

Sam Royle Industrial and Logistics Partner (Knight Frank)