• Client: Manchester City Council
  • Architect: Ian Simpson Architects / Ryder Architecture
  • Duration: Complete
  • Location: Manchester
  • Baycliff Lord Slate
  • Kirkby Slate
  • Moleanos Limestone
  • Portland Limestone: Bowers Whitbed & Coombefield Shelley Whitbed
  • Stanton Moor Sandstone
  • Stoke Hall Sandstone
  • Restoration to external and internal facades
  • Paving to colonnades
  • New build flooring

Vetter UK were responsible for the restoration to the external and internal facades, paving to the colonnades together with new build flooring. To the parapets of the Mount Street elevation, the original embedded steel supports had corroded to such an extent that masonry had fallen off and was a continuing risk to those using the pavements below. Our team took down these parapets exposing as much of the steel as practically possible to allow treatment of the steel before then re-erecting the parapet, incorporating a new “Stanton Moor” sandstone string course. As with all works to listed buildings, the proposed works required a series of hold points to agree methods and materials with Heritage representatives.

As part of the substantial changes to the Central Library building, a feature stairs and lift core was introduced between each of the five floors. This encompassed design from the company’s BIM team and included glazed lift shafts and radiating steel staircases to which Vetter UK supplied and fixed UK sourced limestone treads risers and landings together with feature flooring to each of the floor levels.

The entrance on St Peters Square now provides access to the library over a newly laid entrance foyer floor. We supplied and fixed Portuguese limestone to the floor area to replicate the original floor pattern layout, which had deteriorated over the years through usage and had subsequently been covered over to hide it.