The Ivy Restaurant, Hardman Pavillion

Project The Ivy Restaurant, Hardman Pavillion
Location Spinningfields, Manchester
Sector Arts & Leisure
Project Value £5 Million
Architect Sheppard Robson
Main Contractor Bam
CAB member Saint-Gobain (United Kingdom)

The Pavilion, Hardman Square is Manchester’s only timber framed building, developed with a living façade partnered with Saint-Gobain glass. The living façade is a green planted skin, supported by steel trellises, which will transform in appearance as the plants grow.

The 1,150m² pavilion building, designed by Sheppard Robson, is the only structure on the Spinningfields development to be built from timber and includes two cantilevers at either end of the building.

Prefabricated and then assembled on site, the innovative building incorporates elements of Hardman Square’s natural greenery through the use of external trellises, plant boxes and gabion baskets.

Cool-lite SKN 176 II solar control glass was the perfect choice for the mixed material facade due to its impressive performance qualities, robust processability and neutral, premium aesthetic. The glass is part of a unique building that pushes the boundaries of wooden frame building design due to the length of the building and cantilevers that stablise the structure at either side. Ensuring the right performance in terms of thermal and solar properties, mechanical loading and the management of thermal stress is vital to the successful façade design, build and complete lifecycle of the building façade.

Neal Allen-Burt, partner at Sheppard Robson, commented: “The client has been brave and committed to quality, pushing the boundaries of timber construction. We wanted the building to have a real freshness about it, so it spoke of the development’s ambition and Manchester’s spirit of innovation.”

Chris Reay, group property director at Allied London, added: “We’re excited about what this building will bring to Spinningfields and Manchester, as the city continues to grow and seek better leisure experiences. This confirms Spinningfields as the prime retail and leisure destination in Manchester city centre, as well as a hub for professional workers and businesses.”