At Butterfield Architecture we get some great projects.
We currently have the very great pleasure to be converting 2 run down listed weaver’s cottages in Manchester city centre into luxury residential accommodation as part of a wider transformation of the Liverpool Road area. We are converting these currently anonymous and tired terraces into some of the highest specification housing in the city centre. Last Thursday we passed a very exciting milestone when the strip out work of grade II listed weaver’s cottages began.
Our aim for this exciting and historically significant conversion is for it to be award winning in both its design and implementation; more about that in future updates.
It has, however, taken a long time to even get to this stage. Working with listed buildings is very rewarding but can also be a huge challenge, regularly testing the ingenuity of the team. The contractors have now started working their way through over 200 years of plaster, paint, wall paper and much more; watching them being peeled away to bring the buildings back to their original state is fascinating and a novelty that never wears off.
It is a delicate process however, as you can’t just go crashing through walls. Any original or historic elements need to be carefully uncovered before being restored. Our contractor is doing a great job. We have uncovered 3 original fire places and taken down false ceilings to uncover a beautifully high room height to the second floor. This would’ve been essential to bring light into the working areas of the buildings. We have also found evidence of historic fire damage to the cottages as well as plaster work that we believe to be from the original use of the building in the 1790’s.