The transformation and part-demolition of the listed 18th Century Invicta House delivered a stunning new-build hotel for Marriott Hotels’ Moxy brand. Providing 145 bedrooms across eight floors, complete with ground floor bar and food service, the facility is situated in Manchester’s popular Spinningfields district.
The Atkinson Street façade was retained to the front of the building, and this was combined with Corten weathered steel panels on the extension sitting behind the building’s existing façade. These weathered panels were designed to resemble the punch cards of a Jacquard loom, reflecting the area’s textile history.
Our team provided civil, structural, geo-environmental and building services engineering design for the scheme, and worked closely with the client and architect to deliver this exceptional development.
During the early design stages, our engineers developed a structural solution which responded to the constrained urban site caused by restrictive boundary conditions on all sides and planning restrictions on overall height. An in situ reinforced concrete frame superstructure was selected due to its buildability compared with steel, providing the shallowest structural depth whilst enhancing the acoustic and fire rating performance of the building. In addition, shallow transfer beams and transfer slabs were economically designed to respond to the building’s architecture.
Using an effective collaborative approach, our building services team worked with the client and design team to successfully deliver energy efficient ventilation, heating and comfort cooling systems that meet the needs of a modern hotel and UK and American Hotel Standards.
Our specialist input helped to deliver a sustainable, energy efficient scheme using passive design techniques, high efficiency facades, air source heat pumps and gas fired CHP. The design included low energy general and feature lighting, app-controlled door access systems, guest room IT and multimedia provisions, all of which complied with the Marriott Brand Standards and Manchester City Council’s energy efficiency criteria.
Client: Khanna Enterprises