A WING AND A PRAYER... ; ?Work about to Start on Extension at Monastery to Give Historic Building More Space for Hosting Events

By AlexandraRucki | Manchester Evening News, January 28, 2016 | Go to article overview

A WING AND A PRAYER... ; ?Work about to Start on Extension at Monastery to Give Historic Building More Space for Hosting Events


AlexandraRucki, Manchester Evening News


WORK on a new Pounds 3m million wing for Gorton Monastery is to begin next month.

It is hoped the new ecofriendly front wing will be complete by the end of this year, allowing The Monastery of St Francis & Gorton Trust to expand and extend its facilities.

The extension for the 150-year-old Grade II* listed former monastery is based on the footprint of an original building torn down in the 1960s.

Called the 'welcome wing' it will provide more space for the local community as well as corporate and private events. Manchester- based construction group HH Smith & Sons Ltd have recently been awarded the contract for the project, with work beginning in February. They will work alongside a professional team managed by specialist project managers, Buro Four.

The scheme has been designed by Eco Arc, an ecological architecture company, and The Monastery Trust will be employing local people and services from the Manchester region.

Elaine Griffiths, chief executive of the Monastery Trust, said: "HH Smith is a Manchesterbased company and local employer with an outstanding track record. …

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