Hanover Building

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Hanover Building
Hanover Building, Manchester.jpg
Hanover Building front façade
General information
Architectural styleEdwardian Baroque architecture
Greater Manchester, England.
Coordinates53°29′11″N 2°14′27″W / 53.4865°N 2.2407°W / 53.4865; -2.2407Coordinates: 53°29′11″N 2°14′27″W / 53.4865°N 2.2407°W / 53.4865; -2.2407
Construction started1905
Design and construction
ArchitectF.E.L Harris[2]

Hanover Building is an Grade II office building in the NOMA district of Manchester, United Kingdom.


Hanover was built between 1905 and was officially open in 1907. The building was listed as a Grade II building in 1988. Hanover is forged from two original buildings, E Block, a Co-operative Wholesale Society drapery warehouse constructed in 1904 and Hanover, added in 1909 to create 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of office and additional warehouse space.[4] It was designed by Co-operative Wholesale Society architect F. E. L. Harris and was built using the newest construction techniques of its time. Over 1.5 million bricks were used during construction and the overall construction cost was £50,000 (equivalent to £5,196,000 in 2018).[5]

Hanover is a good example of Edwardian Baroque architecture, constructed in red brick with polished granite and sandstone dressings. Local materials were used wherever possible, including Baxenden bricks, stone from Darley Dale in Derbyshire and granite from Aberdeen. The façade has pilasters and Corinthian order columns and the roof is concealed by parapet walls.

Originally, there was another floor which housed the Mitchell Memorial Hall – it was destroyed in the Manchester Blitz of 1940-41 and was never rebuilt. There are a series of medallions around the building which name all the places Cooperative Wholesale Society traded at the time of construction. During construction, a stonemason mis-spelt 'Sydney' as 'Sidney' – the correction can still be seen today.[6]


The Co-operative Group colleagues migrated to One Angel Square in 2013 and Hanover now belongs to the NOMA regeneration scheme. As part of the plans, Hanover Building will be the first listed building to be renovated.[7] The renovation will provide 91,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and retail space facing out onto Corporation Street, Manchester[4]

2015 fire[edit]

On 12 October 2015, there was a fire at the back of the building. This destroyed part of the roof and disrupted works already taking place on the building.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.noma53.com
  2. ^ "Shudehill Conservation Area". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Co-operative Wholesale Society, Corporation Street (1025287)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  4. ^ a b http://www.noma53.com/dl/noma_interactive_brochure.pdf
  5. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  6. ^ http://150.co-operative.coop/150-to-150/our-collegues-52
  7. ^ Jupp, Adam (25 July 2012). "Jobs bonanza as Co-op unveils plan to revamp Manchester city centre site". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  8. ^ http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-fire-cws-city-centre-10246761#rlabs=1%20rt$category%20p$1