The Hanover Building isn’t so much a building concept, more a wonderful restoration project. The Hanover building is a, very, grand, Edwardian Baroque office building on Corporation Street that you see as you come out of Victoria Station. It must have looked wonderful when it first went up at the beginning of the last century with its huge windows, warm red brick and terracotta tiles. Doubly so as it had a twin that someone thought wasn’t worth keeping so it was demolished. Such a loss. The Hanover Building, now on the co op’s NOMA campus, has suffered a lot over the decades. Some of the huge  windows have been bricked in, the grand entrances ignored in favour of smaller side entrances as the building was changed unsympathetically to meet modern needs. The brick and terracotta has been allowed to deteriorate.

People complain about modern times but I have to say we do appreciate our architectural heritage a lot more than people did in the past. I know we have lost some older buildings in the city recently and there is the threat to the Albert Square area with a very unsympathetic development just off it, but we do, where we can, try to save our older buildings.

The Hanover Building, along with not so grand, but still attractive, Federation House behind it, are being restored. The façades will be returned to their Edwardian grandeur, while the interiors, that have lost most of their period features already, will be remodelled for modern office use. There will be public access and the centre of the building will have one of those glass atriums over the old courtyard for shops, cafés and restaurants. Outside it will be Edwardian grandeur, inside it will be Spinningfield’s 21st century convenience and technology. It was all supposed to be up and running by 2017 but a dramatic fire in the old roof of Federation House that stopped the trams and could be seen for miles, has delayed it until 2018. This is what it will look like in 2018…

Here’s what it looks like now…

Nothing to do with the Hanover Building, but I liked this brilliant picture of the new bridge across the River Irwell on the Ordsall Chord. Thanks to Northern Rail Twitter for this tremendous picture.

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