Oliver Sweeney Manchester

Urban Salon, Manchester, 2010


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Scheme for a high-end shoe retailer in Manchester, with an innovative façade structure

The glazed façade is mullion free in order to achieve views deep into the store interior. The façade is the first of its kind. Horizontal steel rods act as wind bracing between the glazing and the building superstructure. A wind analysis, specific to the facade location, was undertaken based on a 1 in 50 year wind load of 1.50kN/m2. This indicated that the horizontal deflection of the steel system will not exceed 10.8mm.
The design is the result of an ongoing collaboration project between structural engineers, Fluid Structures and Urban Salon.
Inside, an independent geometrical timber box forms the main sales area. An oak and rubber peg system is used to display shoes. A central monolithic wooden element displays product and provides customer seating. Shoes and accessories are displayed under bespoke glass blown domes.


  • Begun: Aug 2010
  • Completed: Oct 2010
  • Floor area: 134m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £175,660
  • Procurement: JCT minor works
  • Address: Oliver Sweeney, The Avenue, Spiningfields, Manchester, M3 3HF, United Kingdom

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