27th April 2018

Refurbished, reopened and shortlisted

Originally opened in 1858 in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Mackie Mayor has been shortlisted for the Insider North Property Awards for Refurbishment Project of the Year following its restoration, completed in 2017.

Jane Entwistle, technical director and structural engineer based in Thomasons’ Manchester office, worked on the project alongside project managers Appleyard & Trew, contractor Galliford Try and Buttress Architects.

Jane undertook an initial survey of the Grade II listed market building, which was previously a derelict shell. Once the refurbishment was underway, she specified the repairs to the building’s cast iron frame and completed an assessment of floor capacity for future uses.

Working on the frame was particularly challenging. In order to start repairs, all tension placed on the frame from the roof had to be removed. The roof glazing, however had already been repaired by this point, so it was crucial that the tension be maintained somewhere to avoid damaging the work that had been done.

Commenting on the project, Jane says: “Working on historic buildings is one of Thomasons’ core areas of work; we treat them with loving care to bring them back to health with minimum intervention.  Mackie Mayor was in a poor state of health with dry rot in the timbers and fracturing of some of the cast iron elements.  It was very satisfying to be able to undertake repairs and also to enhance the floors to allow for different future uses of the building.”

Mackie Mayor reopened last autumn after the market closed in 1972 and features a stunning glass roof, supported by an ornate iron frame.

To find out more about Thomasons’ structural engineering work, click here.