Long-awaited Buile Hill Mansion revamp progresses
Closed for more than two decades, the grade two-listed building is to be converted into a wedding venue under plans lodged by Salford City Council.
Salford City Council’s plans will Buile Park Mansion brought back into community use. It will be the new home of Salford’s registry service, which would move from the Civic Centre in Swinton into the first and second floors of the mansion.
Relocating the city council’s registry office to Buile Hill Mansion is aimed at improving the service and providing users with better access to function space.
Despite being located in Swinton town centre, the current registry service has “very limited provision of hotels, events and banqueting venues within a walkable distance”, according to a planning statement by consultancy Aecom.
“The re-use of Buile Hill Mansion to accommodate the registry services and ancillary function and banqueting space will support Salford City Council’s ambition to improve the provision and quality of the registry service”, the statement adds.
Buile Hill Park Hall, an events and banqueting space, is located nearby.
Under Salford’s plans, the existing depot buildings are to be demolished to increase parking provision.
As well as the 8,000 sq ft wedding and events venue, the revamped building would feature 3,000 sq ft of offices for the city council’s registry service, and a 2,000 sq ft café and bar.
Buttress is leading the redesign of the historic building.
To learn more about the project, search for reference numbers 23/81703/FUL and 23/81704/LBC on Salford City Council’s planning portal.
Buile Hill Mansion, located within the park of the same name in the Seedley area of Salford, has been vacant since the Lancashire Mining Museum closed in 2000.
Since then, there have been three separate applications to convert the mansion into a hotel. The most recent, approved in 2008, was from Godliman-Watson Homes, which wanted to convert the building into a 93-bedroom luxury hotel.
Buile Hill Park and Mansion also featured in the BBC’s Manctopia series, during which it was the subject of a potential refurbishment project.
The scheme would have been delivered with the proceeds from a housing project developed by Capital&Centric on nearby brownfield land. However, the 60-home neighbourhood didn’t progress.
Buile Hill Mansion was built between 1825 and 1827 for Thomas Potter, the first elected Mayor of Manchester.