Conservation Portfolio | Aura

A selection of the landmark buildings we've worked on

100 King Street

Grade II Listed

100 King street is a Grade II* Listed Art Deco Building in the heart of Manchester City Centre. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928 and built between 1933-35. It was built to house the Midland Bank until the bank closed and relocated to St. Ann’s Square in June 2008. The layered style of the period is shown in the use of set back features and arches around the lower levels making this a truly classic art deco building. Built with the help of engineers Whinney, Son and Austen Hall it features carvings by the local sculptor John Ashton Floyd. The building is constructed of Portland Stone around a steel frame.

Aura Conservation were appointed to carry out the restoration work as part of the large refurbishment project in 2011 to feature luxury apartments, floors of retail and office accommodation, the banking hall after a major fit out becoming one of Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurants which opened in 2012.

During the refurbishment, Aura Conservation carried out the cleaning of the external Portland stone facades by a combination of nebulous spray and JOS low pressure abrasive cleaning techniques. The building was also extensively re-pointed in lime based mortar. Full restoration of defective areas of stone was also carried out by in-situ repair using specialist lime restoration mortar or replacement in new Portland stone to match the original detail exactly. Fractures in the stone were carefully pinned using stainless steel dowels and epoxy resin.

At roof level, openings were formed in new Portland stone.

The restored landmark city centre building has now reopened as the five-star super luxury hotel ‘Hotel Gotham’.

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