Wythenshawe Hall has been shortlisted for Heritage Building of the Year in the AJ Architecture Awards 2021.
Delivered for Manchester City Council, the project involved the restoration of the Grade II* manor house after the building was devasted by fire.
Throughout the three-year restoration programme, our approach was underpinned by a bespoke conservation philosophy, tailored to the building and its historic significance, while responding to the fingerprint left by the fire.
Wherever possible, surviving historic features were retained and repaired with bespoke remedial solutions used to strengthen at-risk features. Where no structural integration remained, the decision was made to introduce new structures, with a purposeful choice in material ensuring that new can clearly be read against the original.
Each stage of the restoration was informed by extensive research and analysis commissioned and managed by the practice, including plaster surveys, paint analysis, stained glass analysis, mortar analysis, plaster make-up analysis and dry-rot surveys and monitoring.
The AJ Architecture Awards, created by The Architects’ Journal, recognise excellence in UK architecture across a range of categories. The awards ceremony will be held on 17th November 2021.