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Manchester charity HQ transformed by OMI Architects

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£1.65 million was raised to fund a new headquarters for the Mustard Tree charity, which supports homeless and marginalised people 

The Mustard Tree is a Manchester-based charitable trust established in 1994 which helps people trapped in poverty or homelessness to gain skills and self-confidence. 

Their headquarters on Oldham Road was in need of a significant update in order to meet the needs and future aspirations of the charity. OMI’s scheme consists of a series of bold interventions that focus on how people enter and circulate around the building. From the entrance lobby visitors can directly access the shop, a large flexible ground-floor room, first-floor break-out space, offices and art/performance space.

Alongside this there was a general reworking and upgrading of the existing accommodation throughout the building. 

Omi mustardtree temp (6 of 40)

Omi mustardtree temp (6 of 40)

Architect’s view

This project is close to our hearts. Mayor Andy Burnham’s pledge to end homelessness in Manchester demands a multi-faceted approach. The Mustard Tree has been leading the way in providing practical support and training for the last 24 years. Our work on the building has helped create high-quality spaces and facilities which will expand the support on offer for Manchester’s most vulnerable citizens.

Andy James, director, OMI Architects

Mustardtreeaxo copy

Mustardtreeaxo copy

Project data

Start on site June 2017
Completion March 2018
Gross internal floor area 2,300m²
Form of contract Traditional (JCT Intermediate with CDP 2011)
Construction cost £1.65 million
Architect OMI Architects
Client Mustard Tree
Structural engineer DPSquared
M&E consultant Viridian Consulting
QS Poole Dick Associates
CDM co-ordinator Watts Group
Approved building inspector Bureau Veritas
Main contractor Armitage Construction
CAD software used Vectorworks

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