Mark’s experience: No. 8 King Street – Manchester

As project architect for Hurd Rolland Partnership, Mark designed and oversaw the conversion of a grade-II-listed former office building into 21 high-specification apartments in Manchester city centre.



King Street is one of Manchester city centre’s most famous streets and mostly lies within the St Anne’s Square Conservation Area. This includes number 8, which was built between 1870 and 1880 and is located on the prominent junction with Deansgate.


The grade-II-listed former office building required conversion to residential accommodation of circa 20,000 sqft.

During construction, it was necessary for the ground floor retail units to remain intact and in use, so this had to be considered within the architectural process.

As project architect, Mark designed three storeys of one and two-bedroom apartments (seven on each floor), all of a very high specification for discerning city dwellers.

He then managed planning permission, building regulations compliance and all other necessary architectural services for the project, including overseeing construction and completion.


The high-quality design and construction ensured quick sales for all apartments, which was very pleasing to the client.

The building also received a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’, under the BRE Domestic Refurbishment Scheme.

Estate agency Thornley Groves describes the development thus:

“Meet the majestic and beautifully restored 8 King Street, a stunning window on the soul of Manchester offering 21 exquisite apartments with panoramic views that money couldn’t buy until now.

“Wonderfully and painstakingly renovated, this architectural treasure has been lovingly converted from offices to offer almost unheard of spacious apartments in the city centre, and are now ready to view.

“Set on 4 floors, with a 360 degree panorama that takes in Deansgate, King St, King St South and Ridgefield, each of these homes makes the most of the simply stunning view that hasnt been available before on the property market before.

“From Amtico floors and foot sinking carpets, glistening granite topped kitchens, leather upholstered doors and glamorous wet rooms to proper-sized front doors and underfloor heating, tons of storage including hidden washer/drier area and elegant entrance and communal areas – this property has both style and substance.”