Hulme District Office, Manchester
Vaughan Engineering Services Limited have been engaged by ISG as part of a team to undertaken the conversion of the former Hulme Library on Stretford Road into a 22,000 sq ft office for Ultimate Client Manchester City Council.
The 1960s building formerly housed a library, adult education centre, creche and café, before its closure in 2014. After being temporarily used as a homeless shelter between 2015 and 2016, the building has remained vacant ever since.
Works for the building included major alterations to the interior, including re-purposing the ground floor to house a reception, open-plan offices, and publicly-accessible interview rooms. The upper floors are due to include open-plan offices, and the building is expected to offer space for around 200 desks, a new single-storey element will also be built to house cycle parking and a bin store.
Mechanical and electrical services will be replaced and upgraded by Vaughan Engineering this includes a full VRF system with mechanical ventilation, replacement of the electrical distribution and the introduction of an LED lighting scheme.
The building’s exterior has also received a makeover with windows replaced, additional cladding to the exterior, and the retention of the building’s mural chronicling the history of the community from Roman times to the present day.
Works commenced on site for VESL in October 2018 with works due to be completed in April 2019. The Site team includes Ben Green, Paul White and Jonathan Stone working from the VESL Warrington office.