Developer DeTrafford and contractor Engie are progressing the 213-home scheme in Reddish featuring a restored Victorian mill and homes designed by architect Ollier Smurthwaite.
The scheme secured planning permission in early 2017, with the site having a history of attracting anti-social behaviour. Engie secured the contract to build the project later that same year, and work started to clear and remediate the site before full new-build works began in December 2017.
The original mill connects to Victoria Mill, which has already been converted into apartments under a separate development; both mills were formerly home to the Reddish Spinning Company, owned by Sir William Henry Houldsworth.
Engie is now on course to complete the scheme in September 2019, with a number of challenges nudging the scheme’s original completion date back; these have included access issues with the main mill building.
The original Victorian mill is being converted into 152 apartments set around a central atrium, with a mix of one and two-bed apartments. A rooftop extension including apartments with balconies, enjoying views across to Manchester city centre, has been built along with a communal garden terrace. Original features including steelwork and windows have been retained while brickwork has been repointed throughout.
Alongside the conversion, a set of contemporary homes are being delivered on a neighbouring plot featuring a primarily red-brick palette to fit with the existing mill.
Each of the homes features a bespoke design rather than a cut-and-paste house type; this includes 19 three-bedroom and 13 two-bedroom homes, along with 10 apartments.
The project has attracted strong interest with the majority of the homes and apartments now sold.
The professional team on the project also includes ecologist and landscape architect Urban Green. Paul Butler Associates advised on planning and heritage.