J. S. Bass Warehouse - Castle Street

The Bass Warehouse is the former home of the John S. Bass Company Limited.  The Manchester based J S Bass & Co Ltd Group of companies was owned by the Chapman family. It employed 130 people and dealt in timber and barrier foil products, manufacture of timber mouldings and packing cases and also ran a garage. The parent company, J. S. Bass, traded for 150 years.

The building became unoccupied and fell into disrepair.  The derelict building was then converted, by OMI Architects, into contemporary office accommodation and commercial space.  "The works involved the wholesale internal refurbishment and extensive external works to the old Victorian building, in order to offer the expected level of contemporary facilities. The building's unique focal point was achieved by the formation of a fabulously distinctive entrance and reception with a feature atrium, comprising different ceiling heights and levels, employing distinctive tiling and lighting features to create a variety of effects. The staircase design features open treads using reclaimed oak timbers with a galvanised hand rail and balustrade."  The project received an award from the  Manchester Civic Society, highly commending them in the re-use of listed building category.

Below you can see the building facing onto the Rochdale Canal.

Below you can see the building in 1953, when it was still an industrial site.  I have used a red line to indicate the building.