The "Into the Future" project which was approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund Organisation comprised of a two storey front extension to increase the exhibition space as well as creating a strong presence in the town. The extension on the front has taken the building back to its original position on the edge of High Street.
A single storey side extension has improved the entrance space and created a new reception and retail areas. Internal alterations now provide a lift to the existing former mill buildings, giving the building full disabled access.
The Museum and Art Gallery has been fully refurbished and the existing roof has been insulated and the trusses sanded and treated. New double glazed timber windows with a sun cool glass system were installed to match the profile of the old decayed windows.
The new retail area and reception have been moved from their original positions and are now housed together on a raised area overlooking the exhibition spaces. Purpose made display units, fitted shelving and mobile storage boxes have been installed by specialists. A matching staircase has been introduced for easy access to the first floor galleries and exhibition areas; this stands side by side with the modern glazed balustrading that surrounds the atrium overlooking the Dobcross Loom and the High Street.
"It is rare these days to find a contractor that is so proactive in overcoming problems and so committed and capable in relation to achieving the desired level of construction quality.
Armitage exemplify these attributes and we have found them to be cooperative, honourable and a real pleasure to work with. The site staff and management team on the above project were friendly and diligent and the head office set up provided a professional support system"
Phil O'Dwyer - OMI Architects
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"We have always found the company to be extremely proactive with strong leadership and a skilled labour workforce"
Thomas Worthington Design
"I recommend this company highly and would be glad to discuss their work if required"
St Hilda's Church
"The Manager on site was always courteous and considerate of the care environment that they were working in. Daniel was always helpful and interested in the standard of work being undertaken and took a personal interest in the project."
Care Concepts LTD
"Thank you again for the cooperation, effort and skill of your team in delivering the Chemotherapy Unit ahead of programme. This has been much appreciated by the Estate Department at Stepping Hill"
Stepping Hill Hospital
"Armitage Construction carried out the alteration works to a high standard and the Parish and I remain delighted with their work, team and organisation"
Gramham Holland Assocaites
"The Armitage team managed the delivering of the project within budget and programme restrictions, whilst providing the desired quality. The helpful nature and resourcefulness they exhibited helped to overcome numerous complications."
"Without question this goes to the wider team and more so to Armitage Construction for their delivery, patience and communications. Without the levels of persistence you showed, it could have proved a little more difficult."
University of Manchester
"I wish to record my appreciation of the contractor's efforts to regain some of the delay recorded and on the quality of the end product. The work was of the highest order and the south side of the church now looks in very good order."
Lloyd Evans Prichard
"We have found that attitude to the project from all members of the contractors team, from Site Foreman, Site Managers, Project Manager, Contracts Manager and Managing Surveyor, to be most refreshing in these days of construction activity."
"Armitage are a thoroughly good contractor, and I recommend them highly"
University of Manchester
"We are delighted to have employed Armitage Construction as the Main Contractor on the building of our new Medical Centre. They have displayed a very professional, organised and helpful approach."
Heaton Moor Medical Centre
"The management of the site from a client perspective has been very good, this is a great reflection on Steve."
National Trust â€“ Quarry Bank Mill