Following a devastating fire on the 16th March 2016, where at the height of the fire 50 firefighters tackled the blaze, Manchester City Council have procured the first phase of restoration works at Wythenshawe Hall, one of Manchester’s oldest buildings.
The phase will focus on repairs to the external envelope to make the hall weather tight in readiness for the next phases of restoration to the 16th Century medieval timber framed historic house, built by Robert Tatton if Chester. Though the building was badly damaged due to the arson attack, the fire service did an amazing job to save the historic building from destruction. Despite their efforts, the fire caused a large amount of damage to the roof and several rooms, and caused smoke damage through large portions of the property.
The clock tower was damaged, as were the roof in many rooms. In order to save the tower, this had to be removed. Archaeologists and conservation architects have combed through the hall to save as much original material as possible.
“The ongoing and existing relationships with the various supply chain partners came across at interview as genuine, and the on-site experience of how the team has been able to work together reflects this.“
Michael Plane, Development Surveyor, Manchester City Council