The proposals involve the redevelopment of the listed New Little Mill and the vacant Lampwick site, delivering a total of 281 homes.
The projects are the latest in a range of Manchester Life schemes underway in Ancoats and New Islington.
New Little Mill is a grade two-listed building, next to Murrays’ Mills in the Ancoats Conservation Area. Safeguarding works were carried out on the mill in 2008, which included roof repairs and boarding up the windows. The building has been vacant for a number of years and due to the level of deterioration, Manchester Life plans to keep the façade but replace the damaged internal structure with a steel frame.
The redevelopment at New Little Mill looks to deliver a maximum of 68 apartments for sale, arranged around a central courtyard. An additional two-storeys will be added to the existing five-storey building and will accommodate a mix of two- and three-bed duplex apartments, with roof terraces and winter gardens.
PRP is the architect on the project.
The second scheme plans to transform the vacant Lampwick site in New Islington, off Old Mill Street. The 1.5-acre plot was part of the former Ancoats Hospital and since being cleared has been used as a car park next to the Chips building. The development sits next to the grade two-listed Ancoats Dispensary.
The proposal involves 213 PRS apartments with 3,000 sq ft of commercial space along Old Mill Street, in addition to 64 car parking spaces and 130 secure cycle spaces. The canal-fronted site is close to both old and new developments, including the Chips building, designed by Will Alsop, and Stubbs Mill, a recently converted warehouse by Urban Splash. The proposal has tried to reflect this diverse context by lowering the height of the building as it moves away from the waterfront and closer to the Dispensary, going from ten storeys to six.
Callison RTKL designed the project.
Planning applications for both proposals will be submitted by the end of this month with the hope of being on site by the end of the year. Deloitte is the planner on the schemes, with contractors to be chosen from Manchester Life’s preferred list of three; Graham, John Sisk & Son and Eric Wright.
Manchester Life, a joint venture between the council and Manchester City FC owner Abu Dhabi United Group, revealed the designs at a public consultation at Halle St Michael’s in Ancoats yesterday.