Project Description

Ball and Berry are pleased to announce appointment on the iconic toastrack building in Manchester. The building, previously owned by The University Of Manchester is to be converted to residential accommodation along with a new build residential tower which rotates as it rises.

The Toast Rack, is a Modernist building in Manchester. The building was completed in 1960 as the Domestic Trades College. It was designed by the city architect, Leonard Cecil Howitt and is known as the Toast Rack due to its distinctive form (reflecting its use as a catering college).

It is Grade 2 listed and was described by the pre-eminent architecture critic Nikolaus Pevsner as “a perfect piece of pop architecture”.

The building’s structure consists of a concrete frame with a brick infill on the bottom half of each storey. The building is seven storeys high and its hyperbolic paraboloid frame continues on the exterior, hence the toast rack comparison. Although the building’s unorthodox form is playful, its tapering shape also helps to divide space into varying sizes for larger and smaller classes. A semi-circular restaurant block is attached to the west and is informally known as the Fried Egg