Bridgewater House  - Whitworth Street

It should come as no shock that Bridgewater House, like its neighbours Asia House, India House, and Lancaster House, was also designed by H. S. Fairhurst for the Lloyd Packing Company. Were it not for the Refuge Insurance Building designed by Waterhouse, it might have been appropriate to name this section of Whitworth Street - "Fairhurst Street" - instead.

The CUBE web site says of Bridgewater House "..a typically ambitious piece of business architecture of its time; granite below, white faience above, with a ripple of canted bays. Eight storeys with attics and basements. Arguably the most advanced building of its type when completed. If you look carefully, you can still see the company monogram high-up on the side."

Today the international centre of City College Manchester takes up three floors of this beautiful Grade II listed building and it is also home to the Manchester Office of the British Council.