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.



Our plans for the Greater Manchester Fire Service (GMFS) Museum, Rochdale have been submitted for Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF).

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.

Birtenshaw School



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.

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