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The Monastery Manchester, Sharing the Story

A new £3m Welcome Wing

The Vision

The restoration of the Grade II* listed E.W. Pugin-designed former Church and Friary involved the development of a £3m eco-friendly Welcome Wing as an extension to the main Monastery building. This 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. Restoration and conservation work in the Great Nave sees floors repaired, altars stabilised and paint schemes protected and conserved.

The new facilities improve the conservation of the Monastery but also provide the opportunity to improve participation by working with local community groups to further connect and inspire people with the heritage on offer.

The works follow an extensive restoration project, managed by Buro Four, which completed in 2008.

Our Role

We were initially appointed as Project Manager for the development of the successful Stage II HLF application. Our role included coordinating development, business and activity planning with the overall design and capital cost development, providing confidence to the HLF case officer regarding deliverability, controlling budgets, establishing project governance and obtaining key stage sign-off.

We were subsequently appointed to manage the delivery of the scheme.

Key Information

Monastery of St Francis/Gorton Trust
Eco Arch