A partnership between the Science and Industry Museum and The Landmark Trust will offer guests the chance to stay the night at the museum.

The museum’s Grade I listed Station Agent’s House is set to receive a new lease of life and reopen as a residence for the first time in nearly 100 years.

Dating back to 1808, the building is one of the city’s oldest surviving Georgian houses. Originally built as a private residence, it was used to accommodate the Station Agent when Liverpool Road Station was built, before being converted into shops.

Since the museum opened in 1982, it has been used as offices. The Landmark Trust will now lease and restore Station Agent’s House, providing a new place to stay in Manchester and making it accessible to the public for the first time in almost a century.

The accessible holiday let will sleep up to eight people, providing a new place to stay in Manchester and a sympathetic new use for one of Manchester and the UK’s significant heritage buildings, with breaks starting from £24.38 per person per night.

Landmark’s revival has seen extensive external repair, including re-roofing and repointing the original brickwork with traditional lime mortar.

Internally, step-free access has been introduced and there are fully accessible bedrooms and bathrooms, with a lift to the spacious first-floor living area.

Hot water and heating are now supplied by air source heat pumps, modern gypsum plaster has been replaced with sheep’s wool insulation and lime plaster with added cork for improved thermal insulation.

Ill-fitting 1980s single-glazed sash windows have been replaced with bespoke double-glazed sash frames and chipboard floors have been replaced with parquet flooring.

At the heart of the house, a specially made oval skylight to a period design enhances the original staircase. Furnishings combine ‘the best of the Arts & Crafts ethos with a touch of the 1930s Jazz Age, when rail travel was in its heyday.’

Sally MacDonald, Director of the Science and Industry Museum says: “We are delighted that the Landmark Trust will be bringing their expertise in sensitively restoring incredible heritage buildings to enable Station Agent’s House to be experienced by the public for the first time. At the Science and Industry Museum, we explore ideas that change the world from our globally significant industrial heritage site.

“It’s our aim to bring into use every part of the museum’s site possible and along with the conservation and re-opening of the Power Hall with its much loved historic engines and locomotives, current repair work on the 1830 Station and plans for new galleries and outdoor experiences in the coming years, we are so pleased to be working with the Landmark Trust to lead on crucial work to this building as part of our plans to create a more sustainable museum and reveal new spaces and perspectives for visitors to enjoy.”

The adjacent 1830 Station is currently being repaired ahead of re-opening to the public in future years as part of the museum’s major conservation and redevelopment plans.

The Landmark Trust will also enable further public access to The Station Agent’s House through free open days.

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Wed 26 Apr
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 17 May 2024