About Us

The ABC buildings

Location: Manchester, UK
Use: Workspace, studios and retail

Status: Design

The ABC Buildings
St. John's

Manchester Visit website

The spirit of an era

The 1960s changed our world forever. A new creative energy and design ethos emerged, transforming the art, design and creative industries, while creating a sense of endless possibility through new movements. Look around today’s modern world and you’ll find that the Sixties was the catalyst for many of the momentous design, music, film and technological developments of recent times.

Our inspiration is rooted in the pure ideals of mid-century modernism. Reinventing the world through fresh thinking, audacious design and an unwavering belief in the immense possibilities of a better future. This is the ABC credo.

Designed by architectural practice Leach Rhodes Walker and built in three stages between 1959 to 1965, The ABC Buildings are a new style for Manchester, spaces transformed for modern industry in a modern city. The architecture, the design; it’s the true essence of the Sixties. The ABC Buildings have many desirable features, which are as relevant today as they were over fifty years ago. The Sixties was a decade of originality, it challenged established principles and created some of the best examples of sustainable architecture.