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Daily Express Building

Established in 1939 and described as the best building in Manchester between the wars.

Grid reference: SJ 847 986

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The Daily Express Building, Ancoats.

Manchester has always been a pioneer of mass communications and in that respect, its newspaper industry was extremely important and influenctial. Established in 1939 by the Express Group and described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘the best building in Manchester between the wars’. Using William’s characteristic black vitrolite cladding and horizontal ribbon windows, the building consists of offices over a double height press hall. Building is functionally styled with its stream-lined corners, towers, expressed cladding joints and the continuous window cleaner carrier rail. Now offices, although press hall is retained as an open space.