Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson says on its website that its practice, "was established 70 years ago and whilst it has undergone significant change with each new generation of partners, the guiding principles on which it was founded remain the same: Innovation, Sustainability and Social Conscience. Today these core values continue to shape the practice." ... They add that, "Sheppard Robson has over 350 architects, designers, technicians and support staff in offices in London, Manchester and Glasgow."  In Manchester they have been responsible for the following buildings:

Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metrpolitan University
Oxford Road - 1996 - 1999

The Geoffrey Manton Building accommodates the Departments of English, History and Economic History, Information and Communications, Politics and Philosophy, and Sociology. The building is light and airy, constructed around a central atrium which also provides space for exhibitions. The seven large lecture theatres, computing suites and general teaching accommodation provide students with purpose built facilities of a very high standard.


1 Spinningfield Square, Deansgate at Hardman Street


3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields (in the centre of the photograph below)


Number 1 The Avenue, also known as 2 Spinningfield Square, Deansgate beside Rylands Library


The Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester, Upper Brook Street - 2007

The University describes the Alan Turing Building as follows:  "The Alan Turing Building, completed in 2007, has been designed by the well-known firm of architects Sheppard Robson, who have taken pains to incorporate the ideas and suggestions of many of the School's staff and students.  The School of Mathematics accommodation consists of two east-west fingers of three floors each, separated by a spacious atrium and connected at either end by open bridges to encourage circulation. The building is named after Alan Turing, who was a Reader in Mathematics at Manchester, and is regarded as one of the founders of computer science. The building also houses the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics."

"The atrium houses a small cafe (Pi in the Sky) and provides access to the ground floor facilities. These include small and medium sized teaching rooms, undergraduate work and common rooms, a large computer cluster, and administrative support for undergraduate students. The atrium hosts events ranging from local outreach to visiting days for applicants and welcoming parents to graduation celebrations."


Sheppard Robson are also engaged in "a sensitive yet thoroughly contemporary refurbishment" of Ship Canal House, on King Street, "in order to re-establish this building as a high-quality office that embraces the commercial expectations of the 21st century."