Canada House is a restored textile warehouse on Chepstow Street in Central Manchester.
Once home to mills, engineering works and iron foundries, then packing and shipping warehouses before becoming the city’s theatreland, Chepstow Street and adjacent Oxford Street have long occupied an important place in Manchester’s cultural history.
In 2016, Kinrise acquired the site and restored the building, placing their attention, as always, on design quality, flexible use of space and state of the art technology.
This has resulted in being able to bring Canada House back to its former glory - restoring an impressive Art Nouveau-style building and transforming it into a hub for modern business.
This six storey building caters to individuals and businesses from small to large with a range of varied workspaces, a co-working space, as well as a gym and a swimming pool. Home to a vibrant and diverse group of businesses, Canada House also plays an active role in the local area arranging networking and cultural events and working with local businesses and charities to integrate the building’s working community into the fabric of local society.
A partnership with The Clink Charity has seen their first venue open outside of prison grounds, called The Clink Café. The café provides training for former prisoners and homeless people to gain qualifications, skills and employment. Plus a co-working and networking space brings with it its own mentoring programme and business support infrastructure for small local start-ups.
One of the most striking features of Manchester's historic textile warehouses, including our own Canada House, are the large windows, designed to let in as much light as possible. These windows were crucially important for the workers, and reflective boards were sometimes placed outside to increase the amount of light coming through the windows.
We have kept these impressive original architectural features, which continue to make Canada House a bright, distinctive place to work.