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Mustard Tree


Ancoats, Manchester


Mustard Tree Charity



project delivery date

April 2018


Mustard Tree, a charitable trust based in Manchester have been transforming the lives of people who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.

Their headquarters on Oldham Road within the Ancoats conservation area were in need of a significant update in order to meet the needs and future aspirations of the Mustard Tree. The existing 1950’s building has been reconfigured and transformed, providing the charity with new facilities which are profoundly used to support the people of Greater Manchester.

The ‘Big Rebuild’ project comprised the full strip out and refurbishment of the existing building. A new double height entrance foyer was formed off Bengal Street which involved considerable structural alterations. This now provides access to the shop, café and meeting rooms on the ground floor, and exhibition and performance space, breakout space and training rooms on the first floor.

A complete internal refurbishment and overhaul of the Mechanical and Electrical installations throughout has created various usable spaces and has improved the ground floor shop and loading bay areas.

The building has been transformed into a vibrant, welcoming place following the installation of two self-supporting Vitral rooflights and four hipped roof windows as well as Kawneer aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems. A new roof build-up with a sika-trocal roofing systems has also been installed to the whole roof area and the brickwork parapets to the underside of the copings.

"We are delighted with the refurbishment of our main Oldham Road site undertaken by Armitage. It was a complex project gutting and reforming the whole site while we continued to operate from it. Armitage delivered a high quality result in good time and to budget."

Jim Kielty
Trustee at Mustard Tree
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