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.
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.
Our aim for the internal restoration is to re-present Wythenshawe Hall as it stood the day before the fire in 2016. To achieve this, we have commissioned and managed expert survey and analysis including, plaster surveys, paint analysis, stained glass analysis, mortar analysis, plaster make-up analysis and dry-rot surveys and monitoring.
Fibrous plaster will be repaired and lost detailed of the hall's moulded plaster ceilings will be replaced. Joinery repairs include repair and reinstatement of veneers and marquetry, oak panelling and carved detail to the interior of the Great Hall, withdrawing room and chapel bedroom.
Medieval glazing is also being consolidated and conserved, and a new stained glass window to the bay of the withdrawing room has been created, which saw the worst of the fire damage.
Decision on the extent of conservation, repair and restoration are being undertaken on an element-by-element basis in partnership with the Conservation Officers and Historic England Advisors.
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.
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 surviving medieval timber frames. During this phase of works, we have worked closely with the structural engineers, Thomasons, Manchester City Council and archaeologists to understand the building, record its condition and create a strategic and operational plan for its long term restoration and repair.
The philosophy for conservation and repair to the hall is to retain and repair as much of the original fabric as possible. Where there is no structural integrity remaining, we will introduce new structures and make a purposeful choice in material to ensure the new is clearly read against the original. The old material will remain in-situ to avoid removing the original fabric of the building.