Charles Roe (1715-1781) was a serial entrepreneur and industrialist. One time Mayor of Macclesfield, he lived in 4,000 ft2 Charles Roe House from 1753 until his death. The home accommodated his many children, twelve of whom survived into adulthood.
This 265 year old Georgian home has since been shops, flats, office space and most recently an exhibition space for local artists – which is one aspect of its use we are continuing. The property was saved from dereliction in 1979 when Martin McMillan restored it for office use and in the process retained the many original features that are in place today.
My wife, Dr Jones, and I bought Grade II* Listed Charles Roe House on 1 June 2016. Whilst functional, it was apparent from the outset that every room, wall and ceiling needed attention, replacement or complete re-design. Amy Hubble, a Director from High Peak Architects went to extraordinary lengths to beautifully re-design this classic building into the delightfully re-purposed masterpiece it now is. Between November 2016 and January 2018, our expert builders Shaun and Gavin Hall (the builders ‘Don’t DIY’ from Chapel-en-le-Frith) led their large team to create the truly wonderful building we now have. A complete renovation was required including the installation of modern IT, kitchen and security facilities. Local Interior Designer Steve Jackson (Arvika Design) made the final key interior design decisions, selecting heritage colours to complement the flooring, all of which – including the top to bottom red carpet on the staircase (see photo further down) – was supplied and fitted superbly by Arighi Bianch’s flooring department under the leadership and direction of Neville Hinchliffe.
The property was a mix of 265 year and 40 year old installations, as can be seen below in what is now The Copper Room.
70’s fire doors leaning (gently!) on some of the original wooden panels
Significant challenges arose. The roof needed a complete upgrade. The installation of the lift shaft on an old, dry, riverbed required almost two months of work. Two original beams were badly broken, requiring structural engineer, architect and Conservation Office input. Steel supports were installed to preserve and conserve them in what is now the main Reception and the Commercial Kitchen.
Photo of Gavin Hall in action, “Flying Sparks” by Nat Taylor
The team persevered brilliantly and by July 2017 had succeeded in completing the second floor facilities so that the GP Practice could open. This gave the clinical and admin teams several months to establish all the necessary day-to-day processes, staff and team requirement, IT and referral pathways during a soft opening while the first and ground floor projects were completed.
By November The Art Café was able to open, also initially as a soft launch. December saw the completion of The Copper Room, a multi-function event room on the first floor. The first event was the MTFC annual sponsors’ social which was a great success.
Final work in early January completed the build phase of the Charles Roe House project. Now the businesses could go to market with their very unique offerings in this now once again salubrious Grade II* Listed building.
Georgian Staircase with Arighi Bianchi carpet
We’d like to invite everyone to come and visit us here at Charles Roe House. You can enjoy a walk around assisted by our concierge or simply relax with a freshly ground bean-to-cup coffee or refreshing traditional tea in The Art Cafe.