Wythenshawe Hall is a Grade II* listed early 16th century manor house formerly the seat of the Egerton family of Tatton, and now run as local authority museum and art gallery.
Located in 275 acres of parkland, the building has seen a number of alterations through to the 19th century and is constructed of timber frame and brick, with green slate roofs.
Buttress has been appointed to a number of individual projects at the Hall and Park.
Development of the CMP was done in conjunction with a business plan developed for the Hall by other external consultants, each informing the other. With such a sensitive building, this work creates an active document that would allow for understanding of the opportunities and potential within the buildings, and to create realisable development plans for its future.
Conservation Management Plan
We were appointed to undertake a Conservation Management Plan for the Hall and its immediate gardens. This succeeded a completed condition survey in 2008, and creates a forward thinking development and management plan, identifying areas that may and may not undergo development works and creating design parameters for those works.
In March 2016, Wythenshawe Hall was badly damaged in a fire, resulting in the loss of some of the building’s historic fabric and decorative features.
Since then, we have been working with Manchester City Council to assess the extent of the damage and carry out research to inform the restoration process. The conservation philosophy of the project is to retain and repair as much material as possible.
Immediate action was taken to stabilise the building’s condition; allowing it to dry out and ensuring that no further damage was done to the medieval timber frames that remain. During this phase of works, we have worked closely with the structural engineers, Thomasons, and archaeologists to understand the building, record its condition and create a strategic and operational plan for its long term restoration and repair.
Work on the first phase of repair work is currently underway. This will involve rebuilding the clock tower as well as repair work to the roof and the exterior walls.