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.
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.
“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.