From left to right: Daniel Lomass, The Edge's patron Julie Hesmondhalgh, Janine Waters, and Adam Dui
Richard Bell

Styles&Wood delivers free refurb project at Manchester's Edge theatre

A theatre and arts venue in Manchester has unveiled its new cafe after the space was revamped by two trainees from contractor Styles&Wood.

Over a period of two weeks, the Altrincham-based firm’s trainee project manager, Daniel Lomass, and graduate project manager Adam Duigenan led a team of volunteers to convert the room at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre into a cafe.

Daniel said: “Managing my first full refurbishment project independently was [a] brilliant experience and it was all the more rewarding to be able to do it while supporting such a great community organisation.”

The project saw the installation of new lighting and furnishings, as well as windows, floors and a sever counter. The work formed part of Styles&Wood’s ‘Big Challenge’ initiative, which sees the firm carry out a community refurbishment project for free every year.

Commenting on the refurb, Adam said: “The entire team was committed to delivering a really high quality refurbishment for the theatre and we’re delighted with the really positive reaction the completed space is getting.”

The revamped cafe space, which previously served as a Sunday school classroom, will also act as a training centre where people with learning disabilities will be able to gain experience in providing hospitality and catering services.

The artistic director for the Edge, Janine Waters, said: “It’s been a wonderful experience working with the team from Styles&Wood, benefitting from their skills, their experience and their generosity.

“Arts charities like ours benefit enormously from these kind of relationships, enabling us to achieve results that otherwise we could only dream of.”

She added: “Our learning disabled adults will be able to train in an environment that they can be proud of and our customers can enjoy a facility that is second to none.”

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