Design for renovation project as viewed from side street off Great Ancoats

HLF bid for 42nd Street extension

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Young persons’ mental health charity 42nd Street has submitted its second stage bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £539,000, to support the refurbishment of a three-storey Victorian shop next to its Ancoats, Manchester base.

Project will convert former shop to left of charity's current space

Project will convert former shop to left of charity’s current space

The building at 87 Great Ancoats Street will be known as the Horsfall Space, and will be used as a base for a creative activity programme for young adults, alongside services to the wider community and a café. The unit will also be available for private hire. The total cost of the scheme is expected to be around £750,000.

42nd Street was awarded £73,000 of first stage development funding by the HLF at the end of 2014 to pay for taking the application to the next stage.

The renovation has been designed by Stephenson Studio, a subsidiary of Simpson Haugh & Partners Group LLP.

The Horsfall Space was named after Thomas Horsfall, who founded the Ancoats Art Museum in 1884, believed to be one of the first free museum and galleries in the UK.

The charity is due to find out if its second stage bid is successful by September, and is expected to be on site in January in order to launch the activity programme by May 2016.

42nd Street was advised on cost planning by Sir Robert McAlpine.

The charity’s distinctive white and silver building opened in 2011 and was designed by Maurice Shapero with Bradshaw Gass & Hope LLP.

Meanwhile, the HLF has awarded the Manchester Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill development funding of £426,900 to progress an application for a full grant of £2.8m.

If successful, the museum will build an extension to house new galleries, learning and event spaces. The museum’s historic synagogue building which dates from 1874 will also be fully restored.

In May, the University of Manchester was awarded £784,000 of development funding in order to put together a £12m grant application for the First Light project at Jodrell Bank, home of the Lovell telescope.

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