Wythenshawe Hall is a Grade II* listed early 16th century manor house, owned by Manchester City Council. In March 2016, the hall was badly damaged in a fire, resulting in the loss of the building’s historic fabric and decorative features.
Two years on from the fire, Neal Charlton a Director at the practice and the conservation-accredited architect assigned to the project, took Place North West on a tour of the hall to show how far the task of restoring the building has come.
Since the fire a scaffold and temporary roof has secured the building against the wind and rain, while work to restore the building’s slate roof has progressed beneath; a process that is nearing completion.
Elsewhere, surviving historic material has been stored off site or is undergoing conservation work before being reincorporated into the interior restoration. Elements of the fabric that have been destroyed completely are being replaced using like-for-like materials to ensure that they stay true to the original aesthetic of the hall.
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