No. 1 Deansgate

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No. 1 Deansgate
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General information
Type Residential
Architectural style Post modern
Location Manchester city centre
Town or city Manchester
Country United Kingdom
Construction started 2000
Opened 2002
Height 60 metres
Design and construction
Architect Ian Simpson
Architecture firm SimpsonHaugh and Partners

No. 1 Deansgate is the name and location of a medium-rise apartment building in central Manchester, England. It is the tallest all-steel residential building in the United Kingdom,[2] and one of the most expensive addresses in Manchester.[3] The building was completed in 2002, and is situated at the north end of Deansgate close to Manchester Cathedral.


The building, characterised by a distinctive glass frontage and sloping roof, was built as part of the major redevelopment project that took place in the years following the 1996 IRA bombing. No. 1 was designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, with engineers Martin Stockley Associates (now Stockley). Simpson's designs now dominate either end of Deansgate, with No. 1 and the equally imposing Beetham Tower forming prominent glass 'bookends' to the thoroughfare.

Design and construction

The 60 m high building consists of 14 floors which provide 84 apartments, including eight penthouses. The apartments are above a retail level, 16 metres high, and are supported by raking steel tubular columns in a manner reminiscent of Rotterdam's De Brug building. The raking columns allow the small close centred columns of the apartments to be channelled into large, widely spaced, columns of the retail section. This is due to apartments tolerating many closely spaced columns whereas retail areas cannot.[4] The comparatively lightweight structure is principally constructed of steel, the skeleton balanced by precise weight ratios to ensure its stability.

The external treatment is juxtaposed to the concrete Brutalist architecture of the late 20th century. On the upper floors an almost cubist form of architecture is suggested. The 20th century appearance is further offset by louvred glass sloping walls.

Critics of the design have suggested the building has the air of a municipal, public, civil building. This same charge, though, could be levelled at any 18th century Palladian building.[citation needed]

Four penthouse suites were sold for £1.5m each in 2002, the most expensive residences sold in Manchester at the time.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "No.1 Deansgate". Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  2. ^ "No. 1 Deansgate: a virtual tour". BBC. 7 October 2002. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  3. ^ Binns, Simon (20 December 2011). "Apartment Prices: The Ups And Downs". Manchester Confidential. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  4. ^ Martin Stockley Associates (2006). The Reluctant Engineer and other Manchester stories: Martin Stockley Associates. ISBN 0-9552408-0-8

External links

  • No 1 Deansgate on
  • Virtual Tour from the BBC Manchester website
  • Entry at Emporis
  • Land registry sales data for 1 Deansgate
  • Article on Construction of the facades
  • No. 1 Deansgate in Martin Stockley Associates portfolio

Coordinates: 53°29′01″N 2°14′44″W / 53.48361°N 2.24556°W / 53.48361; -2.24556

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