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The Forum’s iconic building undergoes major refurbishment

The Forum’s office is located within a historical Knutsford building in Cheshire and has been home to the Forum of Private Business for over 33 years. Included within this blog is a photo diary of the refurbishment as it happens. 

Formerly a fire station and reading rooms, the Grade II listed Ruskin Rooms was constructed c 1900 and was part of a remarkable development in free style built under the patronage of Richard Harding Watt with Harry S. Fairhurst. The building has a tall tower and has been beautifully (and unusually) constructed in painted brick with projecting blocks and small square windows deeply set in to the walls. It has been in need of renovation for some years with significant areas falling in to disrepair. 

Very careful planning has gone in to the refurbishment project to ensure all the necessary work is done to restore the Ruskin Rooms back to its former glory as well as making it a safe, pleasant and creative environment for the employees.

So at the beginning of August, extensive work commenced on the historical building with the project expected to last 14 weeks.  

The Forum team are excited about the project, especially moving in to the old tower, and hope to be settled in to their newly refurbed office space by Christmas.

Jane our Finance Director recently said ‘We are all looking forward to seeing the building restored to its former glory and to more modern and productive surroundings!’

Photo diary

Here is the progress of the refurbishment over the weeks. Can't wait to post the final photos!

Week 1 - the scaffolding goes up

Week 2 - the story appears in the local papers

Read the article from the Knutsford Guardian here.

Week 3 - internal work starts taking shape 

Week 4 - our friendly builders strike a 'men at work' pose for the camera


Thanks goes to Jonathan Farber, PR and Press Photographer, for the brilliant pics. Jonathan is based in Knutsford, Cheshire and his details can be found here.