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M&Y and Redwing Shortlisted for NWRCAs for Building Transformation

The Drapery kitchen

M&Y Maintenance and Construction, in partnership with Redwing, has been shortlisted for the prestigious North West Regional Construction Awards (NWRCAs). The recognition comes in honor of their remarkable refurbishment of a 200-year-old building in Liverpool City Centre, now providing a home for over 24 people.

A Grand Transformation in the Heart of Liverpool

Representing Redwing, M&Y Maintenance and Construction undertook an impressive £2.2 million refurbishment project on a historic building located on London Road in Liverpool’s vibrant Fabric District. This ambitious venture saw the once-forgotten space transformed into a stylish contemporary residential block comprising 24 studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments available for rent. It’s an ideal choice for those seeking a vibrant city center lifestyle.

The project was not without its challenges, given the building’s age and state of disrepair. Major structural work was required, including a complete strip-out down to the brick, the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems, and the implementation of new life safety systems, such as smoke shafts and fire safety warning systems in the commercial units below. Remarkably, these efforts resulted in an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of C, exceeding the government’s 2030 target for buildings to achieve EPC C or above.

Collaboration and Innovation Yield Success

The success of this complex project was attributed to excellent collaboration with partners, suppliers, and subcontractors. Architects from Unit 3 Design Studio contributed their expertise, and lean construction methods and ‘just-in-time’ management were employed to streamline operations. Despite its challenges, the project was completed in the winter of 2022, showcasing impressive standards of energy efficiency and interior design, blending modern features with original architectural elements.

The stunning designs and top-quality construction were met with significant interest from property agency Redwing. Over 90% of the apartments were reserved off-plan before the refurbishment was even complete, and they were successfully leased within two weeks of hitting the market.

Revitalising City Spaces

The Drapery, as the transformed building is known, serves as an exemplary model for rejuvenating existing urban spaces. Located near the knowledge quarter, this development aligns with the broader mission of Liverpool’s Fabric District to regenerate the area. It aims to transform this once-forgotten part of Liverpool into a desirable place to live and work by offering high-quality accommodation and supporting local businesses.

Chris Mellor, M&Y Construction Director, expressed pride in the project’s recognition at NWRCAs: “We’re extremely proud to be recognized again by our colleagues at the NWRCAs! This project is a fantastic example for the construction industry of how older, challenging properties can be brought back to life through comprehensive refurbishment programs.”

Michelle Brooks, Director of Operations at Redwing, added: “We’re delighted our incredibly talented colleagues at M&Y have been recognized at the NWRCAs for residential project of the year! The Drapery is a brilliant refurbishment development that we’re proud to have brought to market alongside our partners at M&Y, and together, we provide much-needed modern, affordable, and highly desirable homes to rent in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. We wish you all the best of luck at the awards!”

The NWRCAs, in their 17th year, stand as a significant celebration of best practice and best value in the North West. M&Y was recognized at last year’s event, winning SME of the Year and subsequently claiming SME of the Year at the national event.

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