Cable Street Ancoats Warehouse

Listed Ancoats building set for residential conversion

Charlie Schouten

Developer Artisan has advanced plans to convert a grade two-listed warehouse on Manchester’s Cable Street into apartments.

The building, between Cable Street and Addington Street and just off Oldham Road, reaches four storeys and sits next to the Ancoats conservation area. It dates from the 1800s and was originally built as a cotton warehouse.

Previous plans for the site, which has been derelict for some time but has been used as a place of worship by the Manchester Chinese Christian Church, were put forward in 2017; this was for nine apartments and was approved the same year.

Rejigged plans now include thirteen two-bedroom apartments and a single one-bed apartment, as well as a gym in the basement.

Designed by architect Corstorphine +Wright and supported by Q+A as planner, the scheme does not include any car parking but there will be 14 cycle parking spaces.

A viability statement put forward by the developer shows the scheme does not need to provide any affordable housing, being under Manchester City Council’s threshold. It is expected to have a build cost of around £2m, with £1m needed for repairs and stabilisation of the building.

The building is described as being in “an advanced state of dilapidation” in planning documents; the building also suffers from movement, with many of its window arches showing signs of failure. Steel columns at first floor level have also been removed and replaced with timber.

Plans have now been submitted to Manchester City Council for the scheme. The developer, Artisan Investments, has a history redeveloping nearby buildings, having delivered the refurbishment of the Crown & Kettle pub in 2005.

It also brought forward the redevelop of Albion Works in Ancoats, and also previously owned the Express Buildings, which are being redeveloped into offices.

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I was told that the bowing in the walls was caused by a shockwave from a WWII bomb. That may or may not be true.

By Batman

This might be a little fussy, but isn’t this in New Cross rather than Ancoats…..


One of my favourite buildings in Ancoats/New Cross. The facade is absolutely stunning.

By Acelius