A mansion in the middle of Greater Manchester Park is set to become a stunning new wedding venue
A former mining museum will be transformed into a stunning new wedding venue. Salford councilors have approved plans which will enable the restoration of Boyle Hill Mansion in Eccles, a building which has been vacant since 2000 when the Mining Museum closed.
Plans approved by the city council’s Planning and Transport Regulatory Committee also gave the green light to demolish outbuildings at the adjacent Buile Hill depot to create a car park.
However, campaigners in a group seeking to acquire one of the outbuildings, the Buile Hill Park greenhouse, which has also been preserved and restored at a cost of £1.75 million, wanted the glass structure excluded from the demolition plan.
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They are now in talks with the landowners and the City Council about a way to preserve the 1930 building. Doug Provos, president of the Buile Hill Greenhouse Association, said the building “can be saved” in a speech to the committee.
“We believe retaining the greenhouse will not affect the plan, although the drainage arrangements may need to be reworked,” he said. The Grade II listed mansion dates back to 1825 and forms part of Buile Hill Park, bounded by Old Eccles Road and Waste Lane.
The site also includes its own gardens as well as Buile Hill Park Hall – an events and banquet hall. There will be a café and bar in the mansion, and there will be outdoor seating in the proposed Mansion Cafe Rose Garden.
The first floor will accommodate ballrooms, a trading and community area and staff rooms. The community room will be available for use by groups and other stakeholders.
However, the plan to cover the building’s exterior stairs with polycarbonate has drawn criticism. Count Bob Clark said: “It is nice to see the building being brought back into use, but I am concerned about using plastic blocks, as they can discolour over time.”
He also said he was “not happy” that the greenhouse was included in the outbuildings that have now been approved for demolition. Meanwhile, Coun John Warmesham said: “I think we should give some praise and thanks to the various organizations that have tried to protect Boyle Hill Palace. They have done a fantastic job and that is where we are today.”
The Labor councilor joked that he “always hates” to agree with fellow Conservative committee member Con Clarke, saying: “I have some concerns about sticking a plastic ember on the side of a listed building.”
Committee chairman Coun Phil Cusack said that although the greenhouse was included in the outbuildings, it would not necessarily be demolished as part of the plan.
“What we are saying is that it can be demolished if decisions are made that it cannot be saved. Personally, I want to keep the greenhouse as well.