Big Rodney

Rodney Court, Ancoats, Manchester


Low cost super-insulated tower conversion


The existing primary structure of these 13 storey tower blocks built in the 1960s has been retained and re-enveloped with a timber faced pressure laminate rainscreen over a structurally insulated panel system (SIPS). Through incorporating the balconies as part of the living rooms, and introducing floor to ceiling windows that wrap around the corners offering impressive views, the original identity of the towers is rejuvenated. The randomly positioned windows create a series of shifting elevations, which never quite settle into a single fixed composition.