The Friends Meeting House

Office Refurbishment


Situated on Mount St in the centre of Manchester, this building dates back to 1652.

The Quakers religion owns the building and it was purpose built for their weekly meetings and worship.

The meetings are still held here every Wednesday and Sunday and the newly refurbished rooms are now for hire.

The building internally was in need of a major refurbishment in order for them to rent the rooms out. Some of their Clients include the Royal School of Music.

The Solution

Refurbishment of the ground floor and 1st floors were started in October 2012 and completed in March 2013.

The refurbishment consisted of a new lift from basement to 1st floor, new oak staircase from ground to 1st floor, alterations to ground floor rooms, newly constructed 1st floor rooms, new secondary glazing to windows and roof lights above the 1st floor concourse and a new heating system to the basement, ground and first floor, lighting system to ground and first floor and ventilation system to first floor rooms.

The Results

The works were undertaken in order to try to achieve a more sustainable building without losing the original character of the building. This was achieved with an insulation upgrade including secondary glazing, new lighting system which dims and brightens in conjunction with the outside natural light. The heating system installed reacts with the outside temperature and each radiator could be individually controlled via a computerised management system. All the above has helped the Friends Meeting House to reduce their daily running costs of the building as well as having a very modern upgrade of an historic building.

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