Houldsworth Hall was built in 1907
Richard Bell

£4m refurb complete at Manchester Uni’s Grade II-listed Houldsworth Hall

A project to refurbish a 110-year-old student hall of residence at the University of Manchester is now complete.

The £4m upgrade scheme at Houldsworth Hall, delivered by Salford-based construction project management company Recom Solutions, included improvements to the building’s structure, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, communal areas and music room.

Salford building firm MC Construction was the main contractor for the project, which was carried out during the summer holidays in 2016 and this year.

Dating back to 1907, the Grade II-listed Houldsworth Hall is the oldest of seven blocks at Manchester University’s Hulme Hall campus in Victoria Park.

Recom director Jason McKnight said: “Houldsworth Hall is the oldest purpose-built student accommodation facility in Manchester.

“The heritage surrounding this project was a key focus for the design team and contractor, so the materials used matched the original features and blended with the existing fabric of the building.”

He added: “The result of the refurbishment is something of which everyone involved can be justly proud. Delivering this scheme adds another string to Recom’s bow in terms of well-delivered, well-managed, difficult schemes.”

MC Construction commercial director Eugene O’Callaghan commented: “Our team and all those involved in the supply chain worked extremely hard, including at weekends, to get this project over the line.

“The collaborative approach taken by all parties has led to a fantastic outcome. For MC Construction, this project strengthens our experience of successfully completing student accommodation contracts.”

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