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Chatham Mill’s £1m refurbishment completes

The grade two-listed former cotton mill on Chester Street near the University of Manchester has undergone a £1m conversion into 8,800 sq ft of offices.

The works were completed in two phases: marketing agency WilsonCooke took 5,000 sq ft after the first phase of works completed last year. The second phase, which included the redesign and repurposing of two adjacent buildings that formed an extension to the original mill, added 3,800 sq ft and has now been handed over.

One of the buildings was used as a warehouse and as a badminton court. The floor markings have been retained along with original features of the mill.

Atelier MB and its heritage consultancy arm Atelier Heritage undertook the project on behalf of developer Span Group.

Andrew Burns, managing director of Atelier MB, who worked alongside colleague Zlatina Spasova on the design, said: “The two buildings were in a poor state of repair before the latest stage of works commenced.

“The second phase was designed in line with the philosophy adopted for phase one, with minimal intervention and a commitment to expose original floors and services, including the remains of belt drive machinery in the ceiling of the badminton court.

“The project was designed to enable the people now based there to truly appreciate this historic building its raw form. It is now a modern, stimulating workspace which is full of character and an ideal base for exciting creative and digital businesses while still reflecting Manchester’s industrial past.”

Short Construction was the main contractor and Marketaylor was the mechanical and electrical services consultant. The letting agent is Edwards & Co.

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What a fantastic space to have your offices in – lucky tenants! Great work Atelier MB..

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Wow! Looks amazing! A fine example of a contemporary refurbishment of a grade 2 listed building!

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Blown away by this space. An example of how to do it properly. Agent’s aren’t magicians but can produce results with the right tools. Well done all involved.

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