Ian Simpson Architects

With offices in Manchester and London, Ian Simpson Architects strive to create buildings that are, "fresh, exciting and beautiful."  The principal directors of the practice are Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh.  They have been responsible for the following signature buildings that have made a huge impact on city centre and altered the city's skyline.  It should be noted that Ian Simpson Architects have also been responsible for Master Plans for the Manchester City Centre (implemented), Great Jackson Street (adopted), the Piccadilly Basin (implemented) and Knott Mill (implemented).


The Grand, Aytoun Street - completed 2000

This project involved the conversion and remodelling of a former warehouse built in 1867 for A Collie and Co.  The warehouse was later converted into a hotel. The remodelling involved the creation of 115 apartments, the glazing of an inner courtyard, addition of a mansard roof, and an adjacent car park with 726 spaces.


Urbis, Corporation Street -  1999 - 2002

A Museum and exhibition space with restaurants and home to a local radio station.


1 Deansgate
- completed 2002

A residential block at the corner of Deansgate and Market Street.  It provides 76 apartments and 8 penthouse apartments


Manchester Museum, Oxford Road - 2003

This project involved the remodelling, refurbishing and extension of the existing Manchester Museum housed within the Alfred Waterhouse Victoria University building.  The outcome was the creation of a new entrance, retail facilities, a bridgelink, teaching facilities, a cafe/restaurant and staff/management support facilities.


The Beetham Hilton Tower, Deansgate - completed 2007

The Beetham Tower contains a Hilton Hotel with 279 bedrooms, a lounge bar, cafe and restaurant, a ballroom and a health and fitness club.  It also accommodates 219 apartments and a basement car park.  Ian Simpson occupies the penthouse suite.  With 47 floors the tower rises to 168.87 meters and is by far the tallest building in the city - so far.


Parkway Gate, Chester Street - completed 2008

A multi-use development offerring 728 student bedrooms above 25,750 sq ft of commercial and retail space.


Merchant's Warehouse, Castlefield - completed 1997


The Shudehill Interchange - completed 2005

A bus and Metrolink Station with a multi-sttorey car park.


Origin, Princess Street & Whitworth Street, - under construction 2009

This will be a mixed-use development integrating a Hotel, 180 residential apartments and 338 basement parking spaces.