Sunlight House, Manchester, UK
Sunlight House in the centre of Manchester city is a 18,700 sq m art deco office block which was constructed in 1932. At the time it was Manchester’s tallest building and was modelled on the Empire State building in New York. The basement contained a swimming pool which had been opened by Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. By the end of the 20th century the structure of the building had been considerably damaged by water ingress which had caused the steel frame to rust in many places. A major programme of repair and refurbishment over a number of years saw the entire Portland Stone façade being removed to allow the steel frame to be renewed or rust-proofed, following which the Portland Stone was replaced. At the same time, the interior of the property was completely refurbished, with replacement of lifts and other mechanical plant. A major complication was the fact that the property was 60% tenanted during the course of the refurbishment work, so everything was programmed around the needs of the building’s tenants.
Temple Bar Management was involved in the engagement and supervision of the professional team which oversaw the project from start to finish on behalf of the Dutch owners.