A historic canopy in Manchester, England was in a state of disrepair and close to collapse, but it has been restored and is now in the running for a prestigious award.
The Edwardian canopy of the Lapwing Lane Arcade in West Didsbury was built in 1913 above a series of shops and cafes. It was the last of its kind in the city.
A group called Friends of Lapwing Lane Arcade raised 92,800 pounds in donations from benefactors and grants from the Manchester Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the antique canopy. Phil Coppell Limited (PCL), a conservatory roof company, was chosen for the restoration project.
PCL installed a 60-meter glazed canopy and also refurbished the columns and spandrels. The columns were sandblasted, and the spandrels were cleaned. The canopy’s roof was replaced with specially-commissioned Georgian wired glass. PCL was able to restore the entire roof and ornamentation to their original appearance. The ornamental workmanship is expected to last another 100 years.
Completing the project was a challenge for PCL, but the company was able to stick to its schedule and budget. The veranda was formally reopened in September.
PCL was started in 2009 and currently has over 100 employees. The company also supplies and fits doors and windows.
The canopy is on a short list for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors award in the “Community Benefit” category. Judges will visit Lapwing Lane Arcade in March, and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on April 30.