Application in for Manchester mill conversion

Capital & Centric has submitted a planning application to convert the semi-derelict Talbot Mill into 202 apartments, totalling around 175,000 sq ft of development.

Talbot is one of Manchester’s largest unconverted mills, and the flats will be split across the historic building on Ellesmere Street, and a new-build element on Worsley Street. Many of the mill’s features will be retained, and link bridges will be built between the properties.

The developer bought the mill in October last year for £5m, and worked up early stage designs for the conversion with Ollier Smurthwaite, before switching to Shedkm, also architect on Capital & Centric’s Crusader scheme.

Capital & Centric is delivering an extensive pipeline of listed mill projects in Manchester. Talbot is one of five former mills that the developer owns in Manchester, including the grade two-listed Crusader Works, the London Warehouse hotel, and the planned redevelopment of the grade two-listed Minto & Turner and Minshull buildings as part of the £200m Kampus project on Aytoun Street, in a joint venture with Henry Boot Developments.

Available to buy, it’s anticipated the first residents will be moving into Talbot by 2020.

Tim Heatley, co-founder of Capital & Centric, said: “Talbot is a stunning example of Manchester’s industrial heritage – something the city is quite rightly proud of. Our plans build on the structure’s inherent beauty and create a neighbourhood centred on a shared courtyard garden.

“The essence of a building is in its original features. Our first priority with all our projects is to keep what we can.  It’s an essential part of honouring the stories of the thousands of people who’ve passed through Talbot’s doors across the decades.

“We’ve worked with talented designers to make sure the new and old sit well together.”

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That looks pretty sweet! Lots of good architecture down here already so pleased to see that the developer is taking us on further still.

By Jack Owen

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