Advantage has been appointed to provide a warranty as part of the conversion of a grade 2 listed church into 16 luxury apartments.

The stunning St Stephen’s church building in Hyde, Manchester, has been acquired by developers Nook & Key who has already begun work to transform the listed building whilst also securing planning permission to build 16 new build properties on the site.

Advantage will provide two separate warranties as part of the deal, one for the conversion and a second for the new build, which together forms part of a £4.2 million development.

Alex Yoxall, Business Development Manager at Advantage commented: “This is a fantastic scheme that will preserve an important building, retaining all original features whilst bringing it in line with modern day expectations. The development works will be incredibly sympathetic with the original structure and design, and all original features will be preserved and enhanced where possible. Advantage offer a specific package for conversion that Nook & Key have chosen.

“Alongside the conversion of the church sits the new build development, spanning the extensive church grounds. Fourteen new homes of three and four bedrooms will be built, with advantage again providing a warranty designed for this specific type of build.”

The project is expected to take some 16 months to complete and work is already underway. Advantage will carry out a five stage inspection process across the project duration at key stages, supporting the site team throughout. The first inspection has already been completed and signed off.

Mike Hampson, Director at Nook & Key said:

“We looked into a number of warranty providers, comparing packages, costs and terms and for us, advantage offered the best deal on all levels. We’ve had our first visit from their surveyor who’s been incredibly helpful. We know that the team are professional, helpful and responsive and are keen to work with us to ensure the project runs as smoothly as possible and meets all of our deadlines.”

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