It’s not every day that we get to work on such an iconic building in Manchester, so we just had to write a blog post about it. We recently upgraded office space in Barton Arcade – the historic Grade II listed building in Deansgate – with a new consumer unit and stylish lighting system, complete with a test certificate. We ensured we installed the technology in such a way as to not disturb the rustic look of the Arcade, maintaining the beauty it’s held since 1871.

Barton Arcade – Quick Facts

  • Designed and built by Corbett, Raby and Sawyer, the inspiration for the Arcade came from the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, a stunning building in itself.
  • The Arcade curves in an unusual U-shape, with arching balustrades on the upper floors and a multi-domed roof, made of glass and wrought iron.
  • There are 3 tiers in the Arcade, which rises to 53 feet.
  • The ground floor contains shops and restaurants, including outlets from famous designers such as Jeffrey West, while the upper floors contain offices such as Six & Flow and MGS Estates.


Source: Barton Arcade

What Did We Do?

Installed a new consumer unit – the Wylex 6 Way Flexible High Integrity Metal Amendment 3 Cased Consumer Unit – which allows control of the lighting, smoke alarm, central heating, burglar alarm, sprinklers and sockets all from one handy device.

Fitted UFO pendant lighting, complementing the decor of the office and building.

We also installed galvanised conduit to give the a rustic industrial feel to tie in with the age of the building.

The manager was so impressed with the finished office that we’ve been asked to carry out some further work, which is wonderful.

We found this building thoroughly fascinating and ensured that we planned the project, like all others, with the utmost care and precision. If you’re looking for a professional electrician to help with your next project, why not give us a call today on 07835 797883 and have a professional commercial electrician by your side, every step of the way.

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