The restoration of the Grade II* listed Long Street Methodist School began on site in November. Designed by noted 20th century architect Edgar Wood in his famous Arts and Crafts style, it is seen as one of the most important historic buildings in Middleton. The project is being funded through a Townscape Heritage Initiative Fund as part of a wider initiative to provide investment into a number of Edgar Wood buildings across Middleton.
Our conservation architect and associate director Lisa Mcfarlane is leading the project for seven, working closely with the Greater Manchester Building Preservation Trust and the local authority to deliver the sensitive restoration works of the former school buildings.
The development includes the restoration of the external facades including stonework, brickwork, lime render repairs, the reinstatement of the leaded windows and essential repairs to the stone slate roof. Problems with moisture ingress and condensation are also being resolved through external landscaping works to improve natural ventilation of the building fabric.
The project not only reinstates the historical features that have since been lost through sensitive and appropriate restoration, but also ensures the building’s longevity by providing a meaningful reuse as a conference and wedding venue. Internally, the rooms are being restored and updated to include the installation of a new kitchen, the creation of several new meeting rooms for the community and upgrade works to sanitary facilities and central heating systems.
The Grade II* listed building is currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register, highlighting the importance of protecting this heritage asset for generations to come. Seven are delighted to be working on the project, protecting the building and bringing it back into meaningful reuse.
Many thanks to Andy Marshall for the use of his pictures in this blog.