Posted: 26 / 09 / 2016
Deansgate is one of Manchester’s oldest streets, and these days it’s known for situating hundreds of Manchester’s most adored shops, restaurants and businesses. 62-66 Deansgate, once known as The Hayward’s Building was designed by the architect practice of Corbett, Sons and Brooke in 1877.
Originally, it was an up-market china and glasswear shop which specialised in gifts. Nowadays, the Hayward’s Building goes by the name of Regency Court; home to Sedulo Group.
The Hayward’s Building was one of Manchester’s most complete shop of the period, with elliptical arches over the windows, with extravagant and slightly eccentric decoration, and has featured original mahogany fittings and showcases inside. The front of the building has elaborate carved stonework in Italian Palazzo style with paired windows, stone mullions and figurehead key-blocks, with the words “T. HAYWARD & Co. GLASS & CHINA” etched in to the stone, all of which is still in place 139 years later!
Six months since moving in, we took this old block of segregated offices and turned them into an open space. This allows all of our departments to collaborate with each other and their clients to grow their businesses, and also creates a space where staff can enjoy the environment they work in. The first floor now boasts a number of different boardrooms which have all aptly been named after four inspirational entrepreneurs. The Sir Richard Branson Suite, the sports-based Michael Jordan Suite, the Walt Disney Suite which is home to the much loved Sedulo Sweet Shop and finally, the Steve Jobs Suite, complete with beans bags and old school chalkboard. We have even turfed out the rooftop and converted it into a rooftop tiki bar. So, when our clients come in to pay us a visit, as well as being greeted with a friendly and hospitable atmosphere, they can also use it as a space for working, networking, or just relaxing outside of their office.
We are proud to have hosted a range of events for our clients, our staff and our chosen charities, raising funds for them in the process. We have been featured in the Insider, The MEN and Business Week, and we have even added an award from Downtown in Business to our display. We are now planning to further utilise our space by hosting an array of seminars and networking events each month, starting in October. We are also making our meeting rooms and events space available for hire.
Regency Court has come a long way in terms of decor and the service it offers, but it will always have a feel of Hayward’s Building, from the elliptical arches over the windows to the mahogany fittings inside the Regency Club.