A first look inside Manchester’s luxury Excelsior Works apartments

The Manc The Manc - 27th April 2020

Excelsior Works has always been a place of new chapters. 

Once the largest printing and bookbinding factory of its kind, the eight-storey canal-side building now houses some of the finest apartments in the city – offering an idyllic backdrop for professionals, couples or families embarking on the next phase of their life story.

Renovation of the luxury 108-apartment living space was made possible thanks to the development dream-team of Mulbury City, Manchester architect Tim Groom, and design work from YOUTH Studio.


Drawing influence from the building’s link to printing and the neighbouring canal, YOUTH opted for ink-stained oak throughout; favouring dark mesh ceilings to mimic an industrial setting and bespoke LED lighting to represent the fluidity of the nearby canals.

YOUTH have executed standout workspace and residential projects across the world – and are currently working on Manchester’s incredible KAMPUS complex containing 570 apartments.


YOUTH co-director Liam McGroarty said: “It was a privilege to be able to take Excelsior Works from concept to completion.

“It had to become something more than a development clinging on to its past, and thanks to the belief of the developers, we created something totally different from what people expected in a residential scheme. We focused upon creating a brand and lifestyle complementary to the location’s surroundings and future residents.”



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