Mann Island, Liverpool
Mann Island is made up of three dramatic black granite blocks which have become an iconic element of Liverpool’s waterfront.
Mann Island makes a striking architectural statement set around a south and west facing central public realm and plaza. The development overlooks a tiered canal basin with locks, linking the pier head with the Albert Dock complex.
The 11-storey commercial office building which is one element of Mann Island is occupied by the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority and Merseytravel. This was one of Liverpool’s biggest commercial property deals in years.The organisation brought staff from four sites together for the first time into the 140,000 sq ft building which achieves the country’s highest environmental and accessibility standards.
Each building was clad in a bespoke granite cladding system with the residential blocks being in highly reflective absolute black which was designed to reflect its neighbours in daylight and appear in the foreground after dark. The maximum height of the residential blocks matched the height of the body of the Port of Liverpool building with the offices being the same height as the listed Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Tower adjacent