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Sunlight House

Sunlight House is a Grade II listed building in the art deco style on Quay Street in Manchester. Completed in 1932 it was built by architect and developer Joseph Sunlight as the headquarters of his property business. At 14 storeys it was the tallest building in Manchester and claimed to be Northern England’s first skyscraper.

On and off site, we restored 38 cast iron pavement lights, repaired cracks and replaced sections with new where pieces were missing. All were glazed with new glass blocks and returned for installation by the main contractor. The balconies were partially dismantled, missing parts replicated in iron, painted and highlighted in historic colours.

In 2019 Sunlight House was named Commercial Refurbishment of the Year at the Insider Northwest Property awards held in the UK.

The traditional cast iron pavement lights where in much need of restoration.

The traditional cast iron pavement lights where in much need of restoration.

We carefully de-glazed them all, and removed all old concrete, adhesive and grout by hand.

We carefully de-glazed them all, and removed all old concrete, adhesive and grout by hand.

We removed all paint and corrosion by careful use of dry blast cleaning.

We removed all paint and corrosion by careful use of dry blast cleaning.

The iron shopfronts and pavement lights now restored compliment the recent modern alterations to the atrium of the building.

The iron shopfronts and pavement lights now restored compliment the recent modern alterations to the atrium of the building.

The iron shopfronts and pavement lights now restored compliment the recent modern alterations to the atrium of the building.

The iron shopfronts and pavement lights now restored compliment the recent modern alterations to the atrium of the building.

Project Details

  • Main Contractor: Ardmac Construction