Case studies


41 Spring Gardens
North West

Landlord Works / Property
Project Size:
16,000 Sq ft
16 weeks
Interior design

The brief

41 Spring Gardens was designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1890. It is among a string of notable commissions undertaken by the celebrated architect during the 12 years he was based in the city. Now, 120 years after the building was first opened, freeholders, Associated Property Owners have appointed Claremont to refurbish the building and create four floors of ‘Grade A’ office space.

Claremont was appointed to complete the design and refurbishment of 41 Spring Gardens (Grade II listed exterior), including reception, WCs, common areas and 4 floors of office space completed to Cat A standard, including ceilings, raised floors, lighting, heating, ventilation, lift car interiors and re-branded graphics, whilst working in close liaison with the professional team; Associated Property Owners Ltd, BNP Paribas Real Estate and P3 Property Consultants.

Claremont was instructed to create a dynamic, exciting and thoughtful interior design and refurbishment solution to provide useable and functional spaces, which are commercially attractive. The space needed to be flexible so it can be easily adapted to meet the needs of prospective tenants and to equip 41 Spring Gardens with the ability to compete with likely competition in the marketplace and unlock optimum rental potential.

The results

In the reception space, Claremont was required to design an elegant and contemporary space, while retaining all of the period features including the ceiling, mouldings, column heads and column bases.

Claremont stripped out all existing wall cladding, marble frames to the lift doors, staircase balustrade up to the first floor, lighting, signage, floor finishes, reception counter, curtains and glass lobby doors. The existing entrance doors were repositioned to form a new access into a secure lobby, creating a more spacious reception area.

A black glass feature wall and a feature pendant light fitting were installed to give the area a sleek and contemporary finish, together with new signage on both external and internal walls. Claremont stripped out the four floors of office space above and replaced all the lighting, air-conditioning, flooring and decoration, creating approximately 16,000 sq ft of ‘Grade A’ office space.

As well as moving the entrance door, Claremont carried out other external works, which included cleaning the external stone and re-spraying the windows. The sympathetic re-design and complete refurbishment of this iconic Victorian gothic revival building has restored the structure to its former 1890s glory.

It now possesses all of the period elegance and charm provided by the architect Alfred Waterhouse combined with attractive flexible 21st century commercial office space, all situated within a most desirable location in central Manchester.

Following the refurbishment and to celebrate the heritage of this most successful English architect, the building has been re-named Waterhouse, 41 Spring Gardens. Each floor offers almost 4,000 sq ft of office accommodation and can either be let to one tenant or to multiple
tenants, each taking individual floors.

The project was completed over a 16 week period.

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