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Heritage & Refurbishment Construction Projects

Russell WBHO has an excellent track record in restoring and refurbishing historic buildings.

These sensitive programmes require significant specialist expertise, knowledge of the relevant legislation and preservation techniques, and benefit from a trusted supply chain developed over many years.

We take a collaborative approach to each project, working with our client, the architects and designers, local and national heritage authorities, and a variety of historic buildings specialists to ensure a sensitive yet cost-conscious restoration.

Heritage & Refurbishment specifics

Office heritage and refurbishment project specifics

Clients have often utilised the experience and expertise of our specialist heritage team for successive projects, such as Hermes Investment Management for NOMA. Russell WBHO has been retained by Hermes Investment Management to assist with restoring its heritage stock as part of the £800m NOMA regeneration. The team has delivered subsequent projects, all high-quality heritage refurbishments of listed or historically significant buildings, including Dantzic, Federation Building, Redfern Building and Hannover House.

The NOMA office refurbishment projects included:

● Demolition and strip out of all internal finishes
● Full refurbishment of all floors and conversion to open plan layout
● Facade remedial works, cleaning and window repairs

Dantzic and the Federation Building are both situated on central tram lines with main roads on all sides. This meant we had to work in tight construction sites for the duration of the heritage and refurbishment projects, which we did successfully due to our extensive experience working in city centre locations.

The award-winning heritage refurbishment project of Hanover House on Corporation Street in Manchester was a landmark £35m project which saw the old Co-operative Wholesale Society warehouse and offices rebirthed, having lain empty and partly derelict for decades.

The 8-storey building was stripped back, revealing heritage features that we restored and replaced like-for-like during the heritage refurbishment project. A new mezzanine level was installed to flood light onto the beautiful internal heritage features and turn the atrium into a bright, modern space. Internal structures, including a new lift and stairways, were built to connect the multiple workspaces. The finished heritage refurbishment project now serves as a stunning heritage workspace that meets modern working needs.

The heritage restoration project at Hanover house won the following awards:

2019 RICS North West Awards – Building Conservation Project of the Year
2019 Insider Property Awards – Commercial Development of the Year
2019 The Institution of Structural Engineers, North West Awards – Most Sustainable Project
2019 British Council for Offices Awards – Refurbished / Recycled Workplace: North
2019 British Council for Offices Awards – Refurbished / Recycled Workplace: National

Accommodation heritage and refurbishment project specifics

On a busy street in Liverpool, Victoria Chapel was built in 1880. It had been derelict for over 40 years before being purchased by Vita Student in 2012. They also purchased the 1878 Crosshalls and the 1960s Tinglings offices next door.

The Vita Student restoration projects in Liverpool were some of the most complex in the company’s history. The Grade II Listed chapel and Crosshalls buildings were brought back from near dereliction to create high-quality residential accommodation within one of the city’s most important conservation areas.

To keep in line with conservation efforts in the area, all three facades were refurbished and retained to keep in line with the original structure. A Structural Scaffold System protected them during the build while a new internal metaframe type build structure was installed.

The heritage and refurbishment construction project at Crosshalls Street offers Vita Living students 357 high specification rooms in a unique heritage building. The complex heritage and refurbishment project at Crosshalls Street was completed to a high standard, and the accommodation opened its doors to students in September 2013.

To review more Russell WBHO heritage and refurbishment construction projects in detail take a look at our complete and live projects below.

“Good building conservation is rarely achieved when a commercially viable project is required. Hanover is therefore exceptional as it has restored a neglected Grade II building into Grade A offices.”

– Judges statement, RICS North West Building Conservation Project of the Year 2019


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