Harry Handelsman


Manhattan Loft Corporation

Since 1992 Harry Handelsman has taken his property development company Manhattan Loft Corporation from niche player to nascent superbrand, its success based on challenging conventions and addressing the needs of individuals rather than “the market”.

Harry is the man behind the restoration of the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and the Chiltern Firehouse. Harry works with some of the world’s leading talent including David Adjaye Associates and currently SOM on Manhattan Loft Gardens, a mixed development in Stratford.

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