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Sunlight House - Laylight
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 until the 1960s and claimed to be Northern England’s first skyscraper.
The huge domed laylight covers the swimming pool of the basement at Bannatynes health club and features coloured and textured glass.
Our team carried out extensive ironwork repairs to the laylight in-situ, by locally stripping back old paints and corrosion from the ironwork to effect repairs. The contractor removed all the remaining paints in a controlled environment and applied a full paint system.
We carefully removed all the leaded light glazing units and returned them to our workshop for specialist restoration works where we cleaned the leaded lights of oxidation, repaired the solder joints, cleaned the glass and polished the leads. All damaged glass was replaced in like for like glass, coloured where required to match the originals. The restored glass panels were returned to site and installed into the iron frames by our specialist glaziers.
The four corner glazing frames and bronze ventilation grilles were also carefully removed and returned to our workshop. The supporting ironwork was media blasted by Ardmac and treated to a full paint system and the bronze grilles were restored by ourselves before we returned to site and installed them using new fixings.
In 2019 Sunlight House was named “Commercial Refurbishment of the Year” at the Insider Northwest Property awards held in the UK
- Client: Savills
- Architect: Atelier MB Limited