Future is bright for historic Black Friar pub building

Black Friar transformation
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M&E contractor Aberla has secured a significant project win in central Salford.

The development of the famous Black Friar pub, at the junction of Trinity Way and Blackfriars Road, has now started and will see the sensitive transformation of the historic grade II-listed building into high specification office accommodation, including a management suite.

Appointed to deliver the mechanical and electrical upgrade works, Aberla is currently installing a new heating system, including boilers, trench heating and ventilation plus a full electrical re-wire consisting of consumer units, security and fire systems. These works will conclude at the end of October.

Currently being renovated by main contractor Domis Construction, on behalf of property developer Salboy Ltd, the pub which dates back to 1886 has been boarded up for a number of years. The transformation of the pub is the cornerstone to the wider Trinity residential development which will consist 380 flats in two blocks.

Recently appointed managing director at Aberla, Paul McCarren, said: “This is a significant scheme forming a distinctive entrance to the wider commercial development and we are thrilled to be appointed as M&E contractor.

“The vision for the former pub is one of sensitivity to the historic building itself and the revitalisation of the immediate central Salford area. Our team has worked closely with all project stakeholders to ensure this responsibility to retain the heritage of the development ensues.”