First Manchester studio project to get planning\

Green light given for new Neighbourhood Rooftop Project.

Planning permission has been granted for a brand new extension for the rooftop of 24/26 Lever Street, located off Stevenson Square in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The plans for the new rooftop project are a shared vision created for creative communications agency The Neighbourhood by architects Hawkins\Brown and interior designers The Sheila Bird Group.

The project will create an additional commercial floorspace of circa 400 sq m to provide an extension to The Neighbourhood’s studio, creating one full floor on the fourth, which will be connected by an internal stair to the third floor.

A new community roof garden space, which will incorporate an event space for shared use, will be created on the fifth floor of the new extension. The garden will occupy half of the fifth storey and provide dedicated WCs, storage space, power, lighting and servicing as well as potential for cover in bad weather.

Works are planned to start later this year.

“We are really excited to have achieved our first planning and listed building consent in the City with a scheme that will deliver an extended home for our long-time friends and collaborators ‘The Neighbourhood’ as well as a bigger social agenda on the rooftop garden. The proposal will bring a first and fulsome taste of Hawkins\Brown in Manchester with a proposal that evidences our approach in being generous, tenacious, fresh and thoughtful. A great team effort has helped us reach this milestone on what is a challenging site at the heart of the Northern Quarter, Stevenson Square Conservation Area.”

Katie Tonkinson Partner

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