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Corn Exchange

£25m redevelopment of one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings. The Grade II listed building was transformed into a vibrant hotel and dining destination.
Balcony view of interior space


Manchester, United Kingdom


Aviva Property Investors

Queensberry Real Estate


5plus Architects

Cundall’s building services team was appointed for this major transformation project as part of a £25m leisure redevelopment programme by Aviva Investors and Queensberry Real Estate. The redevelopment of the listed building was undertaken in two phases, over a three-year period, with phase one developing the lower floors into 18 restaurants and phase two creating a 114 key boutique aparthotel on the upper floors. The development has created one of Manchester's most sought-after dining and city break destinations.

Phase one works comprised the installation of landlord services to each food, beverage and retail unit for future connection and extension by the incoming tenants. To ensure the project was economically viable, existing plant and services were retained and re-used where possible. It was also necessary during the first phase to ‘future proof’ to ensure the aparthotel works could be undertaken without disruption to the food and beverage units occupying lower floor levels.

Richard Smith, Associate, commented, "Both phases of the works have proven extremely challenging. It’s great to see that such an iconic project has been recognised as a result of the hard work and commitment invested into bringing the building back to life, while maintaining its unique style."

Key fact

One of Manchester's most iconic buildings with a history dating back to 1897.


Key fact

Innovative co-ordination of numerous ventilation systems to comply to planning regulations.


Key fact

Boutique hotel branding sympathetic to the building's heritage.


Our building services team worked tirelessly to redevelop this iconic building in Manchester City Centre.



Catering and Leisure Destination

BCSC Gold Awards


Preservation and Rejuvenation Award

North West Regional Construction Awards 2021