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Gramercy House Gramercy House revitalised with loft-style conversion

Posted on the 24/02/2021 by Karndean Designflooring

Gramercy House is the latest development to join Kamani Property Group’s global residential portfolio, offering ten deluxe apartments in the vibrant heart of central Manchester. Run-down and empty for many years, the Victorian warehouse has been given a new lease of life with a streamlined contemporary interior that pays homage to its hard working industrial past.

Samantha McBurney, property executive at Kamani Property Group, said: “We wanted to bring Gramercy House back to life. For too long this imposing 19th century former warehouse had lain dormant. Designed in house, we wanted to offer a modern take on Victorian style.”

Looking to transform the neglected building into sophisticated loft-style apartments, the design team at Kamani was keen to provide the luxurious and convenient city lifestyle that their clients desire yet also retain the personality and charm of the iconic building.


RKP8105 Texas White Ash

The converted Victorian warehouse has been given a fresh on-trend industrial look with white walls and woodwork complemented by charcoal glazing, pale wood design flooring and exposed brick walls. This minimalist scheme has been continued throughout the building for a streamlined sense of flow and a striking juxtaposition against the restored exterior with its ornate feature brickwork and stone door jambs.

A simple monochrome scheme in shades of grey and white creates a clean airy feel and a relaxing ambiance in the open plan living spaces. With original red brick walls left bare in each room, the apartments have been given an authentic yet ultra-modern warehouse character. Comfortable furnishings in tactile materials add a homely feel to the pared back interior while a wood design flooring offers a quiet and hygienic surface with a natural ash grain that effectively links the grey colour palette to the warm tones of the brick walls.

Samantha explained: “Texas White Ash suits the style we were aiming to achieve with a durable and long-lasting finish and so we chose to install this flooring in all of the apartments. The warm wood tones of Texas White Ash provides us with a practical surface but still maintains the modernised warehouse look we desired.”


RKP8105 Texas White Ash

Texas White Ash introduces a natural biophilic element to the project with light neutral wood tones and a straight grain texture for a crisp and elegant finish. The large scale plank format and characterful grain variation generates a sense of space in more compact rooms.

Korlok was the ideal flooring format for this warehouse conversion with its click-locking mechanism for quick and easy installation and rigid core construction suitable for fitting over uneven sub-floors or where an existing floor needs to be protected and preserved. The Korlok range also features an enhanced acoustic backing which reduces noise transfer to the floor below by 21dB and helps multi-storey developments meet building regulations for noise.

With its sympathetic restoration and high quality contemporary interior, Gramercy House now offers the practical loft-style accommodation that today’s discerning rental market is looking for.

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