Historic Construction Company Opens New Manchester HQ
By: Armitage Construction Ltd
Anthony, 54, a third generation member of the famous Rea ice-cream family and author of 'Manchester's Little Italy', who had grown up among the terraced streets of Ancoats, adjoining the city centre, said the sympathetic Armitage Construction development was totally in-keeping with the history of the area and would be much appreciated by residents.
In his speech he talked about the impact on the community following the arrival of Italian families in the 19th Century, like his own ancestors, who set up homes and businesses and for the next 100 years created what has become known as 'Ancoats Little Italy'.
Many of Manchester's movers and shakers, city based entrepreneurs, building industry professionals and leading members of the Italian community were welcomed to the event by the sounds of Northern Soul music and themed cocktails and were able to literally 'get a taste of Ancoats' by sampling some of the local delicacies served from barrows by waiters dressed in the outfits of Scuttlers, neighbourhood youth gangs of the 19th century.
Guests visiting the new Armitage Construction HQ, which has been converted from a former electricity sub-station and two terraced houses in Jersey Street, were hugely impressed by the development.
Daniel and Andrea Armitage, now the fifth generation family members to run the £10 million turnover, 45 employee business, said the company had remained loyal to its 143 years old reputation and ethos by taking the existing building and re-using as many of the original features as possible during the restoration.
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