Welsh Baptist Chapel

Less than a mile south of Manchester City Centre, opposite the university, sits the empty shell of the former Welsh Baptist Chapel. Czero is converting the Grade II* listed building into 87 studio apartments for a specialist fund.

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 has 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 project is currently on site with completion due in mid 2017.

Check out our special Welsh Baptist Chapel website to follow the progress of the scheme and find out more about the building’s history.