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Altrincham architects start work on major refurbishment after acquiring town centre HQ

By David Prior at

A firm of architects has acquired its Altrincham town centre headquarters and started work on a major refurbishment of the property.

Calderpeel Architects, which has 26 staff, currently occupies an office on the first floor of the 10,000 sq ft, three-storey Market Court building but will move to a fully-refurbished ground floor space as part of its redevelopment of the building.

The Drawing Room, as the new space will be known, represents a significant six-figure investment by the firm. As well as providing an improved design studio, meeting and relaxation areas, it will introduce an active frontage to the building on Church Street.

A visual of the refurbished interior at Calderpeel’s HQ

Calderpeel has appointed Altrincham-based Consensus Workspace as the main contractor on the project. Work on the project is expected to take two months.

Managing director Ewen Miller said: “This project will significantly improve the building we’ve called home for the last 16 years. It will provide us with an inspirational space that matches our ambitions as a forward-thinking architecture and design practice.

Another visual of the interior

“It will offer a great working environment for our people, but also for our clients to visit and spend time with us. Securing the future of the building and bringing back a visual connection to the street scene with a high-quality frontage will also benefit Altrincham.”

Market Court was built in 1990. Calderpeel acquired the building in 2018 for an undisclosed sum. Four other businesses currently occupy the building with a fifth tenant to move in once works are complete, meaning the property will be fully-let.