Daily Express Building, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Daily Express Building, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Photograph taken 14 April 2002 © Mr Joe Chippendale LRPS DPAGB. Source Historic England Archive ref: 388153

The Daily Express Building in Manchester was built in 1939 to designs by Sir Owen Williams, following the example of his Daily Express Building in London (1931). His one other Express Building, of 1936, was built in Glasgow. The building is steel framed with glazed curtain walling, absolutely flush, with rounded corners and translucent glass and black glass. The top floors are set back in tiers with a little turret like feature to the left hand corner. Printing presses were housed in a triple height press hall. The building has been extended four times. Williams himself was responsible for the 1960 extension on George Leigh Street behind. He allowed for an extra two storeys, added in 1979 by Rosenberg and Gentle together with three more floors suspended over the road separating the two blocks. Further extensions followed in 1983.