Manchester has been keeping a secret and now the time has come to tell the world. Manchester has been hiding the most architecturally significant building – the Edgar Wood Centre
The Edgar Wood Centre, situated on Daisy Bank Road, Manchester is a Grade I listed building and was designed and built by Middleton-based, world-renowned, architect – Edgar Wood.
The centre, which is one of only 10 Grade I listed buildings in the whole of Greater Manchester, is widely regarded as being one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Europe.
Danny Samuels, a director of the company owning the building, said: “Having this beautiful space in Victoria Park is absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t be prouder to have been fortunate enough to be its custodian.
“I’m delighted to be able to open its doors and allow people to use the space for conferences and events and to see the stunning design.”
The First Church was the most stylistically advanced architecture in Europe. The main building, which looks like it embraces you as you walk up the entrance path, greets you with an art nouveau doorway and as you enter into the main room you are instantly drawn to the repeated semi-circular arches in the timber roof and the gushing of natural light which fills the room. The floor runs downhill to the marble reredos, which is reminiscent of Viennese Secessionist design – as is the balcony screen which encases the organ stand.
In the ‘reading room’ there is a beautiful Art Nouveau fireplace – a deep emerald green colour – which according to architectural experts would be well placed in the British History Museum.
The Edgar Wood Centre is available for functions, and is fully licensed to hold ceremonies in any of the function rooms, which can cater for up to 300 people, and is ideally situated near the motorway network for access and the city centre for accommodation.