Firm completes its largest ever restoration contract

Ryedale Interiors has completed a large-scale cast plasterwork project as part of a £75m transformation of intu Trafford Centre’s Barton Square.

The Leeds-based firm designed, manufactured, and installed 8,000 glass reinforced gypsum casts to support the restoration and redevelopment of the historic Manchester shopping centre, led by construction giant, VINCI Construction UK.

The £1.75m contract is the largest yet for the 25-year old firm and represents the rapid rate of its growth over the last four years.

Owned by Roger Hannon, the company has been a supplier to construction firms for over 25 years, supporting the restoration, redevelopment and design of a variety of projects across the retail, commercial property and leisure sectors.

Some of its most recognised work includes The Majestic, Leeds, The Rock, Bury; Resorts World, Birmingham, and Soar at intu Braehead.

Hannon, managing director, said: “A lot of work went into the securing of this project back in early 2018 and even more so in completing it with the added difficulty of Covid-19 during the final few weeks.

“The teams involved have worked tirelessly to ensure we deliver a quality product.

“Detailed work was carried out to ensure we had the correct casts ready to install at the correct time, all this on a fast-moving construction site with ever changing challenges.”

The centrepiece attraction of the Barton Square project is the 36m diameter central domed area, for which Ryedale has created the ornate plasterwork, incorporating the high-level circular centre mural feature which is sat 30m up above the ornate fountain.

Ryedale has also installed cornices, Greek key mouldings and column casings to match those installed in the courtyards and malls.

Whilst the initial design concepts were drawn up by Leach Rhodes Walker Architects, Ryedale Interiors developed the design and produced around 100 CAD detail drawings for the Barton Square cast plasterwork.

Once re-opened, the refreshed site will remain home to a host of brands including the Sealife Centre, the Lego Discovery Centre, and allow new anchor tenant Primark to trade.