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Interserve wins £13m ‘cultural gateway’ heritage job

16 October 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Interserve has won a £13m contract to convert Oldham’s existing Victorian Grade II-listed former library and its arts centre into a new “cultural gateway”.

The two buildings will be designed to create a heritage and arts centre known as OMA.

OMA will showcase the story of Oldham’s past from its time as the cotton spinning capital of the world to the present day. The development will house the borough’s collection of objects and artworks and in gallery spaces, archives and public research rooms.

Phil Shaw, divisional director at Interserve Construction, said: “Our team has significant experience of working on historic buildings like Oldham’s Victorian library, and we will be bringing our expertise and capabilities to the project by adding a contemporary and modern addition to the building while respecting its architectural heritage.

“We are proud to have been selected by Oldham Council to deliver this important new cultural hub for the town.”

Councillor Sean Fielding, leader of the council and cabinet member for economy and enterprise, said: “This is another great step in the regeneration of our town centre and our plans to make Oldham a cultural destination.

“Interserve has a strong track record in delivering similar projects to a high standard and were responsible for restoring the Corn Exchange in Manchester. I am confident that it will produce a great building which reflects our proud history and heritage, but also adds the modern touches needed to reflect the needs of society today.”

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