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

Manchester’s Brunswick Mill changes hands 

Arrowsmith Investments has acquired the Bradford Road complex, which has planning permission for its conversion into 277 homes. 

Place North West reported last summer that Arrowsmith was in talks to acquire Brunswick Mill from Maryland Securities and the deal has now completed. 

A company called Arrowsmith Brunswick Mill was registered on Companies House in January and now that company has lodged plans with Manchester City Council detailing how the development will be phased. 

The first part of the project to come forward will be the conversion of the exisitng mill building into 150 apartments. 

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

Maryland won planning consent for a £58m redevelopment of the mill last September.  

Designed by Hodder + Partners, the scheme will also feature 20,000 sq ft of commercial space. 

The site’s new owner is the firm behind the controversial Apex Tower proposals in Manchester, a scheme located next to the much-loved Britons Protection pub.  

Apex Tower is currently in for planning and the developer is now nearing completion on a deal to acquire Brunswick Mill, according to market sources. 

Zerum is advising Arrowsmith on its plans. 

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There really is no need for this eyesore of a building, just get it demolished and replaced with quality houses / apartments instead!


Need to convert it into a building which has balconies

By Balcony warrior

I really don’t understand your comment MC. The mill is a great looking building with history. Some mill aren’t viable to convert but if they are why incur the cost of demolishing it only to be replaced with something that would probably lack character

By Tomo

@MC. Or better still, refurbish this characterful building, turning this into housing and apartments. Demolition is a waste of resources.


@MC , This building is absolutely not an eyesore, even in its current decapitated state, it’s not just a bricks and mortar, but an integral part of our urban fabric and tells the story of Manchester’s most significant historic period, the industrial revolution, which transformed the entire world. Why on earth would anyone want to knock down and replace it with what exactly? also many young people like myself who are on the property ladder are more drawn to interesting developments with character so I assume the historic element of the buildings and its structure are selling points as they have been successfully in all the other Mill conversions around Manchester, so there are absolutely no grounds to demolish this piece of Manchester past, very antiquated thinking there I must say.

By Anonymous

I think MC was trying to be provocative, it worked! No one with any common sense would want to replace character buildings with modern blocks, balcony’s or not. If they have to add more apartments to get it to cost in then I’m all for that though rather than let it decay.

By Anonymous

Great news, the sooner the better.
Re MC… there’s enough nondescript ‘ modern house’ around the City already.

By Peter Chapman

Obviously MC is trying to see if he can get a response on purpose.. very funny… no one is that stupid to want to replace this great cities industrial heritage when it can be repurposed.

By Non Woke Brigade!!

An outstanding opportunity to add 153 characterful homes, bring the first electrified mill in Manchester back to life, and add spaces for independent businesses and retailers. Can’t wait to see this landmark building regenerated!

By MCRTopCat

Brilliant news, every mill that still stands should be listed. So many have been lost. These are essential parts of the history of the city and conversions are well received and command a premium price.

By 3D bloke

I live across from this mill and yes over the years (which may I add is many many years) it has become an eye sore with graffiti and age damage but I for one can’t wait to see the transformation of the building into apartments.

By L.H.

Love to see these kind of development for the city which will incur in progress, totally agree in leaving the original structure as it preserves Manchester heritage. Can’t understand people’s complaining about this which would be a huge improvement for the area specially holt town which looks abandoned. Can’t wait to see it ready 🎉👏🏻

By Mancunian

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