Friends Meeting House, Manchester

  • Client
    Religious Society of Friends
  • Project cost
    £500,000
  • Location
    Manchester

Repairs and renovations to Grade II listed Quaker meeting house

The meeting house is located close to Albert Square in the centre of Manchester. It is built in a classical style and is a notable building as it was designed by Richard Lane, a leading Architect of the period. Despite numerous alterations internally, the building has well preserved elevations and external features. The building is Grade II and was built in 1829.

We were appointed as lead consultant for several phases of work:

  • Phase 1 ‐ in 1994 consisted of remedial treatments to the roof structure.
  • Phase 2 ‐ in 1999 consisted of improvement works to the main concourse and conversion of ground floor rooms into a Conference Suite.
  • Phase 3 ‐ in 2003 concerned external works to the main frontage and consisted of the reinstating of railings and stone pillars to the boundary and a disabled access ramp.
  • Phase 4 ‐ in 2013/14 consisted of a major renovation of the first floor offices into a new Conference Suite and the provision of a new passenger lift to serve all floors of the building.
  • Quinquennial surveys were carried out by BTP, the latest being in 2014.

Key features

  • Providing access for all in the context of the listed building, both externally with a new ramp and internally with a new lift.
  • Opening up of existing roof lights and lay lights to create a central atrium over the first floor concourse.
  • New oak staircase and glass balustrade connecting ground to first floor Conference Suites.
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