Millson Associates, the Manchester-based architecture and interiors practice, has been appointed by Insite Properties (Manchester) Limited to help them deliver their first project in Tameside

The consultancy has been tasked with designing a new build residential scheme and seeking planning approval and Listed Building consent for the conversion of St Stephen’s Church – a Grade II Listed Building in the Flowery Field area of Hyde.

The design include the sympathetic conversion of the space within the Church into 20 apartments plus the development of adjacent land which will be transformed into 16 two and three bedroom family homes. Upon completion all 36 units will be offered on the open market via Insite’s newly established private housing arm ‘Nook and Key’.

Speaking of the appointment, Millson’s head of residential Ryan Brookes said: “We are delighted to be working with Nook and Key in delivering this challenging and exciting project which will breathe life into a magnificent local building.”

Added Nook & Key’s managing director Mike Hampson “We are delighted to be working with Millson in bringing this landmark building back to life and create much needed homes. Their expertise in housing and conversion projects and their understanding of our commercial needs made them the obvious choice to work with.”

The appointment comes following Millson’s longstanding involvement in the scheme who were successful in securing outline planning consent for the scheme for its previous owners last year prior to them selling it to Insite. Ryan continued: “We have extensive expertise within our team in the preservation and economic re-use of Listed buildings so our ideas are sympathetic, realistic and we are proud that they can help bring beautiful structures like St Stephens church back into use and secure their long term future”

The development is clustered around a courtyard of new houses which are designed in “Alms House” style, whilst the conversion of the church comprises a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments, which have been designed to respect the internal architecture of the church.

The planning and Listed building consent applications are due to be submitted to Tameside Council at the end of September and work is planned to start in the spring of 2016. Ryan concluded: “I would like to thank Tameside Council for their support to date in helping us inject new life into this important local building and look forward to moving forward through the next stage of the planning process with them.”