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CLIENT: Domis & Salboy

LOCATION: Manchester, Greater Manchester 

VALUE: £20 million

Transmission House is a unique statement building, soon to become a widely recognisable landmark within the thriving Northern Quarter of Central Manchester.


Designed by IDP Architects and developed by Salboy, this distinctive triangular development will comprise of 183 high-quality one- to three-bedroom apartments and five penthouse apartments, set over eight storeys. The ground floor will host commercial units and communal facilities, with vibrant amenity gardens to be created on the rooftop terrace, overlooking Manchester’s most cultural and exciting area. The apartments benefit from full-height windows and beautifully designed kitchens, each complete with integrated oven, electric hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer. 


NOVO are appointed to develop the detailed design of all Mechanical and Electrical services within the building up to RIBA Stage 4a, with integrated Sustainability consultancy and certification throughout all stages of the planning and design process.


In order to meet the sustainability criteria of Manchester City Council’s Core Strategy, developers are required to employ a ‘Fabric-First’ approach to the design of the building. This cost-efficient method involves maximising the performance and efficiency of the components and materials of the building fabric before the inner mechanical and electrical building services are even considered.


The M&E systems we have designed and specified within the building are a continuation of this approach, ensuring maximum sustainability and energy efficiency can be achieved. The apartments are heated by highly efficient electric panel heaters and electrical air-source heat pumps, which lower CO2 production and offer a cooling capacity. Instantaneous hot water is provided through electrical immersion cylinders in each apartment, reducing the need for large communal storage and pumping, and LED low-energy lighting has been incorporated throughout. In addition to this, photovoltaic panels are installed providing renewable energy to the building and facilities within. These considerations allow Transmission House to stand as an excellent example of sustainable residential development without any compromise of luxury or modernity.


Construction is expected to reach completion in February 2020.


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