Over the past couple of months we’ve been sharing lots of news and photos from inside the refurbishment of Calderstones Mansion House, but it’s a rather impressive sight from the outside too!
This is the first in a series of posts giving a sneak peek into what’s happening inside Calderstones Mansion House as we create The International Centre for Shared Reading. You’ll find a series of pictures below showcasing some of the work already completed.
The refurbishment began on site in March 2018 with contractors John Turners starting their 46 week programme – it has continued at pace since with the roof currently off, demolition of the old toilet block completed and most of the work to restore the original, internal lay- out as well as work in the basement well underway.
Can you help?
The refurbishment of Calderstones is a massive project and we need a lot of help! Do you have skills you can share? There’s lots of ways to get involved:
The story so far…
We’ve raised £5M+ to refurbish Calderstones Mansion House and bring it back to life with a vibrant programme of regular activities and stand-out annual events. We will create new opportunities for people from diverse walks of life to come together to read, learn, relax, work, play, eat and volunteer. With a whole range of community activities, we hope you’ll find something for you.
At Calderstones you will be able to :
- Join a Shared Reading group
- Visit the neolithic Calder Stones
- Explore the history of the Mansion House
- Enjoy the new, much-larger Reader Café
- Spend a penny in our lovely new toilets
- Hire the Garden Theatre for your event
We’re transforming Calderstones Mansion House to create The International Centre for Shared Reading. To allow essential works on the building to get underway, The Reader Cafe will be moving to a new, temporary home in the courtyard next to The Storybarn and The Reader Ice Cream Parlour.
The location may be changing for a while, but customers can expect the same menu, the same prices and the same warm Reader welcome. As we settle in, we’ll also be expanding the menu in the coming weeks.
The last day in our current Cafe is Monday 29 January. The cafe will then be closed from Tuesday 30 January to Friday 2 February with reopening set for Saturday 3 February.
And as a special welcome to our new, temporary home, The Reader Cafe will be offering free teas and filter coffees to the first fifty customers in our new home!