Our plans for the Greater Manchester Fire Service (GMFS) Museum, Rochdale have been approved by Rochdale Borough Council.

The project 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.

Mustard Tree



Mustard Tree is a charitable trust based in Manchester, which has transformed the lives of people who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.

Their headquarters on Oldham Road were in need of a significant update in order to meet the needs and future aspirations of the Mustard Tree.

OMI were appointed and proposed the key to unlocking the building’s future potential was a series of bold interventions that focus on how people enter and circulate, as well as the general reworking and upgrading of the existing accommodation.

In providing a clear horizontal and vertical circulation strategy, the building has been transformed into a vibrant, welcoming place. From the entrance lobby visitors can directly access the shop, a large flexible ground floor room, first floor break out space, offices and art/performance space.

Wellington Rooms Ballroom



It was a busy consultation event on the 21st of March to showcase our initial thoughts on the future of the Wellington Rooms, a Grade II* listed former assembly rooms building in Liverpool.

There were a variety of options on display with a developed preferred option of an Innovation and Enterprise hub, to provide commercial uses focused upon smaller business operators and to provide a link between the existing Science Park, University and other Knowledge Quarter uses.

This involves providing an entrance/exhibition area, with a business hub and café and a rear multi-function event space in the Ballroom. To the upper floor the accommodation provides a multipurpose function/meeting room with a second floor providing additional cellular offices.

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