A disused chapel site in Delph could be transformed into seven luxury apartments after a planning application was given the green light.
Edge Structural Design, based in Oldham and founded in 2000, is providing engineering services at the former Delph Independent Chapel, at the crossroads of Hill End Road and Delph Lane opposite the White Lion pub.
The disused church became private property in the 1990s and now a developer is hoping to convert the building into seven luxury apartments after securing planning approval from Oldham Council.
There is also a planning application to build two new houses on the adjoining land to the north, which is still subject to planning approval.
Edge founder and director Adam Sedgwick, a chartered structural engineer, said: “The Delph site is both a challenging and sensitive location.
“The empty chapel is located on a hillside above the crossroads and the land adjoins a cemetery, which is very important to the community.
“Edge Structural Design is preparing the structural designs which also involves some on-site investigation before the development goes out to tender.
“Our services include structural inspection and reporting to determine the existing structure is suitable for re-use and conversion to domestic accommodation.
“Following the report we will work closely with the architect to provide fully detailed structural drawings illustrating what work is required to provide the new accommodation within the existing building which is to cover three floors.
“Construction of the new apartments and homes is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019.”
Edge is working with Saddleworth architect John Barnes, based in Diggle, and quantity surveyor Howard Grady Associates, in Lydgate, on behalf of their client Paula Rothermel.
Edge helps contractors of all sizes with bidding and tendering projects, and also offer services such as cut-and-fill analysis using sophisticated 3D ground modeling software, drainage design, check other technical issues such as poor ground conditions and foundations solutions.
The structural design company has also assisted many temporary works designs such as working platforms for pilings rigs, site hoarding designs and temporary propping.
Last year, it was involved in the high-profile case of Bailey’s Mill in Delph, which was badly damaged by fire and required urgent demolition.
Other local projects of note in recent years include work for Willmott Dixon Construction linked to the £15million Oldham Leisure Centre and the £8million Royton Leisure Centre.