Less than a mile south of Manchester City Centre, opposite the university, sits the empty shell of the former Unitarian Chapel. Czero completed the conversion of the Grade II* listed building into 87 studio apartments for Empiric Student Property in September 2017.
The building was designed by Charles Barry and AWN Pugin, prior to their celebrated collaboration at the Palace of Westminster. It is therefore highly signficant, and was added to the list of ten most threatened buildings in England and Wales by the Victorian Society in 2010. Initially a Unitarian Chapel, it was later handed over to the Welsh Baptists, and most recently had also been home to an Islamic Academy.
Planning and listed building consents were obtained in February 2014 for the insertion of studio apartments in the main body of the Chapel and adjacent Sunday School building, with a further 10 units on the former churchyard. This is essentially putting a modern steel framed building into the listed shell. The graveyard was emptied and an underground leisure complex built in its place.
Check out our special Welsh Baptist Chapel website for more details of the project and the building’s history.