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£3m Welcome Wing opens its doors at Gorton Monastery

A team led by Buro Four has completed a new £3m Welcome Wing, along with further restorations of the Grade II* listed former Church and Friary

Monday 24 April 2017

Following Buro Four's successful restoration of the Grade II* listed former Church and Friary in 2008, the new £3m Welcome Wing will allow community and learning activities to take place every day alongsude the Monastery's commercial function as an events venue.

The new wing has been carefully designed by ecological architecture practive Eco Arc to seamlessley connect the modern to the 150 year-old E.W Pugin-designed building. Specialist Manchester-based contractor HH Smith & Sons Ltd was the contractor. The scheme was delivered on time and on budget.

Buro Four project managed the entire scheme and was instrumental in helping The Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust achieve £2m Heritage Lottery Funding. The project was further funded with a £1m donation from the Stoller Charitable Trust.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the new building provides flexible, purpose designed and carbon neutral space, allowing the Trust to expand and extend its facilities and projects for the local community and general visitors, while continuing to host corporate and private events.

David Boles, Director of Buro Four said: "The Monastery was our first client in Manchester when we opened our doors 21 years ago, and to continue to play a part in the evolution of this remarkable venue is a pleasure. We have since been lucky enough to work on projects including Victoria Baths, All Souls Bolton, Chester Storyhouse and Manchester Museum. Being able to help clients bring beautiful listed buildings back to life within the community is something that we are genuinely passionate about and we feel this is critical to celebrate, preserve and enhance the heritage of our region".