McGoff and Byrne Ltd. were chosen to undertake the fitting out of an existing developer's shell to form a new Waxy O'Connor's public house in the Printworks redevelopment in Manchester city centre.
The shell unit was laid out over several floors including lower and upper basement and lower and upper ground floors which were fitted out to create a 9 room, 4 level, 3 bar dining and drinking establishment which has a capacity of 650 people.
Works also included the formation of two lift pits, shafts and motor rooms and extensive new mechanical & electrical services throughout. Heating and ventilating systems, an intruder alarm, fire alarm and sprinkler system were also added, as well as roof mounted plant which required craning into position, with a 300 ton specialist mobile crane, incorporating road closures negotiated with the City Council.
The fit-out included eclectic touches such as pulpits, pews and a real tree imported from Ireland that spans all 4 floors. The tree was cut into sections and lowered through the void and reassembled with high tensile steel rods inserted through its core.
Following this project, McGoff and Byrne Ltd. were contracted to complete another Waxy O'Connors at Five Ways, on Broad Street, Birmingham.