Finlays Warehouse, Manchester

It speaks loudly of the value of elegant restraint

Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio.
Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio. Credit: Andrew Wall

Stephenson Studio for Facetspera Ltd

Contract value: £2,760m

GIA: 2,850m²

This clever conversion of a grade II listed Victorian warehouse retains the sense of its original use while accommodating its new residential function as if it were somehow imagined and predicted in its original iteration. Deft and understated, it speaks loudly of the value of elegant restraint when working in an original building of such confidence and character. It does not deliberately separate the new from the old. A confident, contemporary language of exquisite detailing co-exists with a beautifully complete restoration.

  • Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio.
    Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio. Credit: Andrew Wall
  • Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio.
    Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio. Credit: Andrew Wall
  • Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio.
    Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio. Credit: Andrew Wall
  • Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio.
    Finlays Warehouse by Stephenson Studio. Credit: Andrew Wall
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The distinctiveness of the 21 individual apartments is expressed through a sensitive response to both the building as a whole and their location within it. This is how conversions and restorations ought to be. This is the stuff in which the modesty and practicality of conversion sublimates into new architecture.