Our plans for the Greater Manchester Fire Service (GMFS) Museum, Rochdale have been submitted for planning approval.
The proposal will provide a permanent new home for the impressive collection of fire service memorabilia within the Malcure Road Fire Station. The reworked building will allow for the expansion and development of the museum whilst also securing the long-term future of the building, which has been vacant since 2014 and has fallen into minor disrepair.
The GMFS Museum has been open since 1983, staffed entirely by a team of volunteers from within the fire service. The current home of the exhibition is within an old maintenance workshop, across the yard from the fire station. The proposed scheme will create an outward and forward looking museum which will make the best use of the historic building whilst interpreting the varied collection.
The application has been made on behalf of Birtenshaw, a charity that provides a unique range of services for children and young adults with special educational needs and disability across the North West.
The proposal will provide additional facilities for Birtenshaw School to educate children with severe learning disability, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, significant physical impairment and/or complex health needs and an early years service.
The scheme is comprised of 10 classroom suites, therapy accommodation, staff facilities, a hydrotherapy pool (including changing facilities) and a dining/sports hall, all arranged around a central landscaped sensory courtyard.
The new building is designed as a safe, secure, welcoming and supportive environment and will have a secluded and attractive layout with a positive focus on pupils within their teaching and therapy/play environments. The architectural design will also provide a therapeutic benefit: natural light, ventilation, space and outdoor amenity will be carefully controlled to produce a setting where pupils, carers and teachers feel valued.
The BCO Awards (British Council for Offices) highlight excellence in the design of office space. The awards programme provides recognition for top quality design and a benchmark for excellence in workplaces.
Our work to the Grade 2 listed office building achieves a distinctive change through a series of bold interventions that focus on how people enter and circulate within the building whilst also upgrading the office spaces themselves. To announce this transformation a previously blocked up historic archway on Booth St was opened up to form a new building entrance and a high quality bronze entrance doorway and canopy inserted signifying the internal changes and leading into a radically reordered ground floor layout. On entering the building at street level a series of double height spaces reveal views into the first floor offices above and creates a large and impressive volume that belies the building relatively modest scale.
The building provides fully refurbished and improved office accommodation and these offices are supported by upgraded facilities including full air conditioning, new WC layouts, showers and cycle storage.
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