Maryland won planning consent for a £58m redevelopment of the mill in September 2021 before selling to Arrowsmith. Credit: via planning documents

Big Red kicks off £50m Brunswick Mill project 

Work to convert the New Islington building into 153 apartments is underway. 

Big Red Construction is delivering the £50m project on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments. Arrowsmith acquired the site from Maryland Securities last year. 

Designed by Hodder + Partners and approved in 2021, Brunswick Mill will provide a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments across two phases. 

The first part of the Bradford Road project to come forward will be the conversion of the existing mill building. 

The second phase will see four- and seven-storey new-build elements built to provide the remaining 127 homes.    

Big Red, which is also building Peelers Yard for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, is expected to complete phase one in Q1 of 2026. 

Orlando Reid is the sales agent for the project. So far, 42 of the 153 apartments have been sold off plan. 

William Barnes, area manager at Orlando Reid, said: “It’s an exciting time for all involved and for the city of Manchester.  

“We are about to see a historic listed building being transformed into luxury homes which ooze character. There’s nothing comparable of this type locally and it will prove to be very popular with buyers and tenants alike.” 

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There is a typo should be “myprotein”. They should have opted for a underground carpark, with greenspace on the surface.

By Anonymous

    Thanks for spotting and apologies for the typo! I have fixed the story.

    By Julia Hatmaker

Fantastic to see such a great old building being utilised and it’s already looking like a success. Bit of a stretch saying there’s nothing quite like it locally though, have they not walked around Ancoats and New Islington recently?

By Anonymous

At last!
I never thought I’d see the day. Looking forward to watching the site develop.
Good point Anonymous 19.53,February 12 th raises about underground car park. No doubt it’s engineering and money related.

By Peter Chapman

The prosperity is creeping further out each year. This looks like a splendid conversion.

By Elephant

We live facing this building and have seen it decaying over many years now and we have been looking forward to seeing work start on it to transform it into the wonderful structure it is and bring an old eye sore of a building back to something worth looking at instead of a grim dark looking empty mill. Looking forward to seeing it finished. LH. ps I once worked in the mill many many years ago at Monarch box making

By L.H.

All the land nearby should be re appropriated by the council. This prime land, presently occupied by bungalows, would be excellent for redevelopment.

By John

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