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Zetland Road Energy Retrofit


Private Client


Chorlton, Manchester




Mantis Energy - Sustainability Consultants
Carley Daines - Structural Engineers


Deep Sustainable Impact

Energy retrofits of existing historic buildings are notoriously tricky. Add in a host of beautiful period features internally and a historic facade on one of Manchester's classic period Victorian streets and it gets even more complicated.

Ostensibly the project comprises a basement conversion and reconfiguration, refurbishment and alterations to elevations and the creation of a new master suite in the attic to this semi-detached property to provide generous, light-filled spaces across all levels for family life that better connect to the garden. However, the devil is in the detail and in a way this project is emblematic of a journey many households in the UK will have to go over the next 20-30 years, namely, how do we preserve the built heritage of this nation whilst also retrofitting for a future of scarcity?

A key part of the design process so far has been the completion of a deep retrofit study by a qualified specialist energy surveyor. This knowledge, coupled with our architectural expertise, has allowed us to reimagine the rear elevation with new brickwork over proposed external insulation, new timber and zinc reclad elements whilst the street-facing elevation is insulated internally to preserve the historic street scene.

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