Interface - Offices

ONE of Manchester’s reportedly most iconic buildings, 111 Piccadilly, has been redesigned to create a modern workplace which seamlessly blends the old with the new. The Bruntwood building, offering a mix of serviced and leased office space, has been transformed with help from global modular flooring manufacturer Interface. This multifunctional space is said to be proving popular with tenants.

The building, previously called Rodwell Tower, is known for its unusual construction and heritage. First opened in 1965, the 210ft tower was built on stilts so it could sit above the Rochdale Canal, a key trade and travel route during the Industrial Revolution. It is now home to co-working zones, offices, meeting rooms and lounges. As part of the revamp, it was essential that the design of each space would be ‘distinct and inspiring’, while also giving subtle references to the building’s history.

Bridge Architects chose to use Interface’s World Woven collection throughout the building. It’s a range that reportedly puts a modern twist on timeless classics like Scottish tweed, to help create spaces with a sense of heritage. Linear Tweed is said to create definition and direction, while a variety of colourways have been used to distinguish each of the individual spaces, and create patterns akin to a classic pinstripe suit. These include Natural Tweed, Charcoal Tweed and Black Tweed. Elsewhere, World Woven Mod Café adds further accents to the flooring, reportedly complementing the bespoke wood furniture and wider design.

Maria Sidebottom, interior designer at Bridge Architects, explained: ‘We wanted to create a modern yet retro vibe throughout the 111 Piccadilly scheme.

Using products with subtle patterns and natural colourways was key to this, and Interface’s World Woven collection offered an ideal solution. The products not only offer beautiful design, but are durable making them perfectly suited to high footfall spaces like this one.’

Following installation, 111 Piccadilly was shortlisted for ‘Small Commercial Interiors Project of the Year’ in Mixology North.

Steven Radcliffe, account manager at Interface, added: ‘We’re delighted with the scheme at 111 Piccadilly. When designing an office space, it’s essential that beautiful design does not compromise quality. Our World Woven collection offers a perfect solution. It is inspired by historic patterns that have stood the test of time, which is reflected in the aesthetic and physical design of the collection.’