Ancoats Dispensary set for new use

Michael Hunt

Heritage Works, a not for profit developer, is currently undertaking a study to identify possible end uses for the Grade II-listed Ancoats Dispensary building in New Islington, east Manchester.

Heritage Works said the landmark building is in need of a new use and a partner to deliver the viable project.

Ancoats DispensaryAncoats Dispensary dates from the 1870s and is the last remaining building on the original Ancoats Hospital site. The three-storey red brick building is designed in the Neo-Gothic style and features a distinct central tower.

Heritage Works, a building preservation trust, is also searching for potential fundable projects to bring the former Ancoats Dispensary back to life.

The property fronts on to Old Mill Street on a 30-acre site on the former Cardroom estate in Ancoats, an area being regenerated led by developer Urban Splash.

Working with Ian Simpson Architects, Splash acquired the site from the NHS to create a mix of apartments and commercial uses within the building.

The building has a gross internal area of 13,110 sq ft, previously over three floors, but now has internal floors removed.

Heritage Works said the building provides a degree of flexibility and offers architectural possibilities for a wide range of new uses.

  • The study deadline is early March 2011. Anyone interested can email Heritage Works at or to discuss potential ideas further

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