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Work in progress at Bishops Court, the Bishop of Manchester’s residence

Maxiflow building works contract at Bishops Court, residence of the Bishop of Manchester

As previously reported, we at Maxiflow were awarded a prestigious contract at Bishops Court, the residence of the Bishop of Manchester. In partnership with Strutt and Parker, we have been tasked with combining our divisions’ expertise in order to deliver a comprehensive overhaul of the property’s aesthetics and facilities.

Work has been ongoing at the six-bedroom detached house in Salford for several weeks now, and the project is roughly half complete. The photographs accompanying this post (and in the linked gallery) reflect the progress during the second week.

Maxiflow builder Russ fitting coving at Bishops Court, Salford

Maxiflow building operative Russ fitting plaster coving to the ceiling-wall abutment in one of the property’s bathrooms.

The package of works in progress at the house is vast in scale. The improvements amount to a full refurbishment, including painting and decorating in every room, supplying and laying new carpeting and other types of flooring, fitting more than a dozen fire doors, replacing curtain rails & blinds and stripping out the old electrical system in favour of a complete rewire.

The rehaul of the electrical system is a delicate procedure, as the residence adjoins a number of offices related to Manchester Cathedral’s operations. These offices are in use for the duration of the works and require an uninterrupted power supply. Careful planning ensures that the majority of alterations involving the offices’ circuits occur outside of office hours, and any cases where disruptions are unavoidable will require at least 24 hours’ pre-notification.

Maxiflow gas engineer Tony installing brand-new heating system at Bishops Court, Salford

Maxiflow gas engineer Tony installing the brand-new heating system in the property’s garage

One of the largest projects underway at Bishops Court is the overhaul of the heating and hot water system by our Mechanical and Electrical department. This involves carefully stripping out the existing boilers, radiators, pumps, control valves, system control gear, hot water storage cylinders and loft-level cold water storage tanks. Works to the cold water supply in the house are also underway.

Our M&E team have designed and are in the process of installing a high efficiency, gas-fired, mains-fed central heating system and hot water system. The system comprises nitrous oxide boilers, new radiators, thermostatic valves, calorifiers, timer and control gear (for hot water and heating) and factory-insulated hot water cylinders.

Maxiflow Plumber Neil posing with calorifier at Bishops Court, Salford

Maxiflow Plumbing operative Neil with one of Bishops Court’s new calorifiers

Work is continuing to progress on schedule and we will have more updates on this major project as it reaches completion.

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