Shop & Apartment Renovation - Uppermill

Our commercial renovation of the former Co-Op building in Uppermill, Oldham transformed it into luxury retail and residential apartment units.

  • 3 Downstairs shops
  • 2 x 3 bedroom apartments
  • 2x 2 bedroom apartments

Extensive Redevelopment

This renovation is of a derelict former Co-op building in Uppermill, Oldham to the East of Manchester. The extensive property has been developed into a successful multi-purpose commercial development comprising modern residential apartments and shop units.

Boarshurst won the competitive tender bid for the extensive renovation and the work progressed at a fast pace until completion and sign-off.

New, water, gas and electric mains services were brought into the building.

Teams stripped back to the essential fabric of the building exposing the brickwork, floors and beams.

Our teams of tradesman supervised by our architectural surveyor precisely and skilfully reconstructed the property to the plans provided by the client.

The plans showed use of the latest in building techniques and materials technology to create purpose designed interiors with high standards of thermal and noise insulation.

Planning and Building Regulations

The former Co-op building lies in the heart of Uppermill's historic town centre and a designated Conservation Area. This conservation status specifies the type of alterations which can be made that affect the external appearance of a property.

The frontage has been sensitively restored in line with the plans and Building Regulations the client supplied. We followed these plans faithfully and the work to the external frontage is fully compliant with the conservation area status. Examples of our sympathetic conservation work include the replacement arch headed shop windows and timber sliding sash windows.

Replacement cast iron downpipes and guttering also help the building retain its original appearance.

Structural Enhancement

The Building Plans included details for reinforcing the external walls. This is to eliminate the possibility of the walls spreading given the significant additional weight to be added during the construction.

Some of our earlier photographs show these restraint bars in position. They are 12 metre long steel rods which attach to plates secured on the external side of the building. These tie the walls together, adding structural stability to the historic building. Internally these bars are obscured by partition walls.

Thermal and Acoustic Insulation

Modern building standards require high quality acoustic and thermal insulation as these promote comfortable and economic living and working environments. A key aspect of this renovation is the attention to detail given to ensure residents of apartments and shops do not interfere with each other's enjoyment of the space.

The new flooring system in the apartments, for example, has 50 x 50 mm softwood battens over the original joists, a tongue and groove chipboard floor laid onto these, then a sophisticated acoustic cradle flooring system with adjustable padded feet to dampen and isolate acoustic vibration.

External Walls

Onto the inside of all external walls we created timber stud-partition frames and within these installed thermal insulation. Plasterboard was applied to dry-line these walls which then has a plaster skim ready for decorating.

Fire and Emergency

All ground floor rooms have fire escapes to rear and throughout the building are integrated fire / smoke alarm and emergency escape lighting systems designed for commercial use.

In stair areas of the apartments there are convenient automatically controlled (infra-red) lights on timer mechanisms.

A decorative finish throughout the property completed the contract and the client happily signed off the building work as complete.

The ground and upper level residential apartment's timber floors have been upgraded to meet Building Regulations requirements.

Commercial Shop Units

The ground floor comprises three street facing commercial retail premises equipped with modern electrical and heating systems. The premises shown is a boutique hairdressing salon.

The proprietor secured the lease on the shop from where she runs a successful and stylish business.

On the ground floor internal partitions create individual treatment rooms. These are formed from GF Proprietary Gyproc metal stud partitions that are ideally suited for use in business premises.

To the left the street facing windows are ideally suited to the toy shop and a wedding cake decoration shop that took leases in 2012.


The four new apartments on the first and second floor include a 3 bedroom duplex penthouse. We installed in all modern fitted kitchens, bathrooms and independent gas central heating.

We added a Juliette balcony (French doors and metal ironwork) to the rear of one of the apartments.

Velux windows installed into the replacement roof bring light into the top-floor apartment bedrooms, en-suite and stairwell.

To improve sound insulation further the ceilings are suspended using the CasoLine British Gypsum Concealed grid MF suspended ceiling system and soundproof plasterboards. These have an excellent skim finish.

The replacement double glazed sash windows are positioned within new frames and windowsills.

The replacement roof covering comprises a waterproof breathable membrane and replacement slates and lead flashing.

At our suggestion additional internal floor space, was added with the construction of a mezzanine level in one apartment making excellent use of the high ceilings.

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