Manchester Historic Buildings Trust
84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester
Restoration of Grade II* listed former home of Victorian novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell
We were appointed as lead architects for the restoration work with a focus to ensure a long-term viable use for the house by making it fully accessible to the public and repairing it with appropriate materials. The main uses provided within the house are permanent exhibition space, with four of the ground floor rooms recreated with 1860 interiors, accommodation for community groups and spaces for the Trust's educational activities. Externally the setting of the house has been restored with authentic boundaries and the creation of a period garden. A further phase of work involves converting the former stable block into meeting rooms and an educational facility.
Over the course of the project I cannot think of a single occasion when BTP did not act in the very best interests of the project and the client.
Frank Gavin, Chairman