Gateway House, Manchester

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Gateway House
Gateway House wavy facade.jpg
Gateway House and Piccadilly Station approach
Alternative names Piccadilly House
General information
Architectural style Modernist
Location Manchester, England
Completed 1969
Owner Realty Estates
Height 36 m (118 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 9
Floor area 12,861 m2 (138,430 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Richard Seifert

Gateway House in Manchester, England, is a modernist office block above a row of shops designed by Richard Seifert & Partners and completed in 1969. It replaced a row of 19th-century railway warehouses on the approach to Manchester Piccadilly station. The building, which differed from much of Seifert's contemporary work in that it departed from the bare concrete brutalist style which had become his trademark, was nicknamed the "lazy S" was reputedly designed as a doodle. It is considered to be one of Siefert's most loveable buildings,[2] commanding respect from Clare Hartwell, who described it as "a very impressive long, sweeping, undulating façade, the horizontals stressed throughout. One of the best office blocks in Manchester, its glittering serpentine shape well suited to the sloping site."[3]

The building was bought by Realty Estates in 2008.[4] Hodder + Partners won a competition to redevelop Gateway House in 2009. The plans are for the landmark structure to be converted into a hotel at a cost of £20 million. An office block with ground floor retail space on Ducie Street and a gym behind the Seifert building would be the second phase of the development.[5] In December 2011, the £35 million redevelopment scheme by Hodder + Partners for Realty Estates, was given planning approval by Manchester City Council.

Despite planning approval, redevelopment has not started. In June 2014, the building was sold to international property group, LaSalle for £26m.[6] A new let was agreed with Waitrose and work could begin on renovating the building with a new hotel operator.[7]



  1. ^ Gateway House,, retrieved 29 November 2011 
  2. ^ Gateway House, Manchester Modernist Society, retrieved 12 September 2012 
  3. ^ Hartwell 2001, p. 217
  4. ^ "Plans put forward for £35m revamp of Gateway House". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Hodder bags planning for £35million overhaul of Seifert's Gateway House, Architects Journal, retrieved 12 September 2012 
  6. ^ "Tishbi sells Gateway House for £26m". Place North West. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  7. ^ "Aparthotel secured for Gateway House". Place North West. 15 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 


  • Hartwell, Clare (2001), Manchester, Pevsner Architectural Guides, London: Penguin, ISBN 0-14-071131-7 

Coordinates: 53°28′42″N 2°13′55″W / 53.4784564°N 2.2318447°W / 53.4784564; -2.2318447