Bolton-based Artez Construction has been appointed as the contractor at Stubbs Mills, Urban Splash's 30,000 sq ft office conversion in New Islington, Manchester.
Next to the Ashton Canal, Stubbs Mill was previously used for the making and assembly of machinery for the cotton warehouses in New Islington and Ancoats and has been vacant for some time.
The conversion into flexible office space aimed at creative businesses was designed by SixTwo Architects and is due to complete by 2016.
Artez is now on site with preparatory works.
The building was acquired by Urban Splash in 2003 and in 2008 plans were announced for a residential and commercial development of the building, worked up by Hacienda designer Ben Kelly. However the scheme stalled during the recession.