Grade II* listed church transformed into viable community hub
Thursday 11 December 2014
Buro Four has successfully completed an innovative restoration project for The Churches Conservation Trust which aim to bring significant benefit to the local community.
The £4.9m HLF funded adaptive reuse project sees the restoration of the beautiful Grade II* listed All Souls Church in Bolton, bringing the building back to life as a vital resource for the Crompton Ward offering conference, office, learning and community space, as well as space for local services.
The innovative design by OMI Architects uses a series of futuristic interconnected pods placed inside the building which allows for flexible modern space without adapting the original features and structure. The project recently won an English Heritage Angel Award for The Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Building.
Buro Four provided project management throughout the project including management of the HLF funding draw downs, specialist contractors and construction of this complex and exciting project.
The completion of this project is significant as it joins other iconic and award winning HLF funded restoration projects in the North West managed by Buro Four including the Grade II* listed Gorton Monastery, Grade II* listed Victoria Baths and the Grade II listed Florence Institute in Liverpool.
Matthew McKeague, Head of Regeneration at Churches Conservation Trust said “Buro Four have provided a valuable service to the CCT in the delivery of the All Souls project. Buro Four's regular on-site presence and liaison with the contractor has provided good oversight, helping ensure our objectives are delivered."
David Boles, Regional Director at Buro Four said “This is a great project for us. It is always a pleasure to play a defining role in a project that will bring real benefits to individuals, business and the local community. The spirit of collaboration on this project and in all projects of this nature is always so refreshing, and we look forward to seeing All Souls flourish in the future."
The building opened to the public on Saturday, 6th December 2014.