Procure Partnerships Framework Contractor Partners Tilbury Douglas are currently on site and making progress on a programme of refurbishment works at Oldham Old Library, on behalf of framework users Oldham Council.
The Grade II listed building was originally constructed in 1883 to provide a free public library for the residents of Oldham and later extended to provide an additional lecture theatre and gallery space to meet the requirements of the growing town. However, in recent years there have been limitations on how the building could be used, and in 2017 all public access came to an end.
Oldham’s historic Old Library will receive a new lease of life as Tilbury Douglas work on the first phase of the project, protecting and preserving the Union Street building and bringing it back into public use.
The scheme initially focused on the building’s envelope to prevent further deterioration and included demolition. Temporary works are now in place to stabilise the building ready for replacement with a new structure to future proof the building.
In addition, externally, the façade has been cleaned using specialist treatments. Internally, the existing plaster moulds have been taken for future replication and the window replacement is underway.
There are several challenges associated with heritage buildings, such as asbestos removal and extensive temporary works to stabilise the building. Tilbury Douglas has so far managed these challenges successfully and received 83% total client satisfaction.
Phil Shaw, Divisional Director at Tilbury Douglas, Commented: “Being able to transform such an historic and important site into a new cultural hub, which will add so much to the local community, is a real honour for the team working on this scheme. This is why we are focusing on ensuring the construction team also gives back to the local community through offering employment and learning opportunities inspiring the next generation of constructors.”