Princess Street - Under Armour

52 Princess Street in Manchester is a stunning Grade II listed building, which was originally a cotton mill.

Paul McCann, the landlord, had previously used K2 and are his preferred supplier.

The building had been lovingly restored to retain all the original features and character with exposed brickwork, timber and cast iron steel beams and columns.

When approached by the internationally renowned company Under Armour to take a complete floor of the building, but with the proviso of the space being fully air conditioned, K2 were Paul’s first port of call.

With Paul’s insistence on maintaining the unique atmosphere and look of the building, K2 carefully prepared a scheme which would fit in with his vision and be sympathetic to the original character.

As a Grade II listed building, there were many issues and problems which needed to be overcome. Not least the positioning and location of the external condensing unit.

The crux of the scheme revolved around exposed steel air-conditioning ducted fan coils and galvanised tray and ductwork - all of which matched the character perfectly.

Once completely happy with the proposal, the works were commissioned with Mitsubishi being chosen as the preferred manufacturer.

The scheme utilised the latest state of the art 3-pipe VRF heat recovery system.

The issue with the condensing unit was resolved by sitting it in the basement car park.

Unfortunately the 375Kg unit was physically taller than the ceiling space available so with some crafty design and planning, building works were completed and a specialist duct hood was designed and bespokely manufactured.

Working closely with the interior fit out company, and sensitive to the fact that the rest of the building was occupied, the works were completed on schedule and to exact budget to the complete satisfaction of Paul and Under Armour - the new tenants.