Maryland Securities plots Brunswick Mill regeneration 

The owner of the former cotton mill on Bradford Road in Manchester wants to redevelop the 19th century building into 150 apartments and construct two new-build blocks comprsing an additional 110 homes. 

Located on the Ashton Canal, opposite Pollard Street East container park, the site is split into two parts; the existing mill building and a vacant plot of land where the new-build blocks would be constructed. 

As well as the apartments, the grade two-listed Ancoats mill would feature around 20,000 sq ft of commercial space under the proposals. 

The new-build blocks would include townhouses and commercial space on the corner of Beswick Street and Bradford Road. 

Brunswick Mill

The mill is home to a number of small businesses including Brunswick Mill Rehearsal Studios

Maryland Securities is also proposing the creation of an access road through the development to the canal. 

A consultation on the project, designed by architect Hodder + Partners, launched today and a planning application is due to be submitted early next year. 

Deloitte Real Estate is the planning consultant for the project. 

Part of the mill is occupied by a number of companies on short term tenancies, including Brunswick Mill Rehearsal Studios. However, income generated is “not sufficient to secure the long-term, sustainable future for the entire site”, according to the developer. 

The mill was built in 1840 as part of East Manchester’s industrial boom, but ceased operations in 1967. 

Earlier this year, Maryland Securities sold Weir Mill in Stockport to Manchester-based developer Capital & Centric, which is progressing proposals for a £60m redevelopment of the site into 254 apartments.

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Looks good but there really needs to be some places left that are rough around the edges for arts, music and alternative culture. It adds much needed diversity / character and avoids overly sterile urban environments.

By Mike

I love a good Mill conversion, its a shame there are no renders of how the mill building will look. I wonder if they will offer apartments to buy rather than rent

By Jon P

About time, great building

By Dan

This is exactly what should be happening with these great old buildings. So much character

By Nve

What a missed opportunity – bland, generic new builds, boring.

By Local

that’s a shame if the rehearsal studios go, I love walking past on the canal listening to the bands. have to admit it’s a great location though

By Anonymous

Great to see the mill saved.

I have no issue with an element of new build but the CGIs look rubbish.

By Observer

Brilliant news, all the old mills should be listed and protected from demolition. not many left and too many have been cleared in the last 20 years. Its slightly concerning that the CGI’s don’t show any interest in the mill conversion.

By old Islington

I’m really happy about this! About time these old buildings were made new. They’ve been blinding me every time I pass by. I hope they make a park around the area soon as well.

By Lilith

Happy to see the retention and re-use of the mill, but the new build blocks shown in these renders really are very poorly realized. In scale they seem appropriate but I hope architecturally they are deliberately ‘preliminary’ so when the consultation closes there is a marked improvement in the architecture.

By Bradford

I’ll believe that when I see it…they have been talking about this for years; no doubt a lofty land price is what’s held things back…

By streets of gold

Oh dear, just more of the same nondescript clinical buildings. Let’s hope they do something interesting with the mill itself because the graphics just show what they are planning with the land next door. Watch this space, very carefully!

By Buzz

So if planning is not yet agreed why is the tow path closed and how long will it remain closed as this is a very busy area with walkers joggers cyclists all now unable to use a large section of the canal

By S Hopkins

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