Leading engineering and environmental professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed by Manchester City Council (MCC) to deliver heritage consultancy services for one year, with a possible further extension under its heritage consultancy framework.
WSP’s Heritage team will work with MCC’s internal multidisciplinary design team to provide bespoke heritage services covering the full lifecycle of projects through the RIBA Plan of Works, including design and conservation advice, condition surveys, built heritage consultancy and archaeology.
MCC is responsible for over 50 nationally designated heritage assets. This includes Heaton Park, a Grade II Registered Park and Garden, which includes nine listed buildings within the park boundary, including the Grade I listed Heaton Hall.
Other notable heritage assets within the council area include the Grade II* listed Wythenshawe Hall and Platt Hall, as well as the Grade I listed Town Hall which is currently undergoing a full restoration.
Rob Early, Technical Director, Cultural Heritage & Archaeology at WSP, said: “Our Heritage team is thrilled to be supporting Manchester City Council with this important work. Our local and specialised heritage team understands how important Manchester’s heritage is to providing a sense of place and spectacular backdrop to the vibrant busy modern city.
“Damien Woolliscroft will be our Key Client Manager and has extensive experience in leading local authority frameworks and conservation projects, including country house estates. Chris Colville, who will lead our heritage consultancy service, has 25 years of expertise in built heritage, both in the private sector, as well as 12 years as a design and conservation officer with various councils.
“Together, and alongside the wider WSP team, they will ensure that Manchester City Council obtains the best advice possible from the outset.”