The original Whitworth community Hall had been burnt down in a fire in the early part of 2002. The local community spent 5 years lobbying local businesses, the Local Authority and the insurers, as well as continuing with their local community effort to raise funds for this magnificent replacement building. The end result is a real success story for the community. In consultation with the local community we invited and utilised the services of local tradesman and businesses, with local bricklayers, joiners and labourers deployed within and alongside our directly employed workforce. Local businesses also carried out some of the specialist trade functions for us, e.g piling, plastering electrical and decorations.
The scheme comprised in part, the conversion of the ground floor and basement of a Victorian building fronting the street. The scope of works also included the fitting out of commercial space to the rear, that was part of a new mixed use development offering a focus for Chinese arts for Manchester’s significant concentration of people of Chinese descent, as well as Chinese culture nationally. A ‘shop window’ offering views from the street of the reception, shop and tea room immediately draws the public into the building. There are glimpses of other spaces through horizontal glazed slots between the various rooms within the building.
McGoff Construction have undertaken many Sports club redevelopments in recent years and as a result of this extensive experience were appointed by the Hale Tennis Club Committee, to alter and adapt the existing club- house and associated parking facilities. The contract was let, following a two stage select tender process. The existing clubhouse was demolished to ground floor slab level and the remaining footprint extended to suit the open plan design. The club remained in full operation throughout the re-development and temporary facilities for members were established within the grounds.