Linotype Works Alty
The scheme has been designed by Calderpeel Architects

Morris Homes to knock down and rebuild Linotype Works

Dan Whelan

The engine room at the former factory on the Bridgewater Canal in Broadheath, Altrincham, which was due to be turned into apartments, has to be demolished and reconstructed following an investigation into its structural integrity. 

Founded in 1897, the Linotype and Machinery Company produced machines for printing newspapers. The development site comprises the chimney of the old engine room and the main power house building. 

As part of its plan to create apartments, Morris Homes wants to build a modern three-storey apartment block to link the chimney and the main powerhouse building. The original buildings that connected these two structures were demolished as part of the housebuilder’s initial proposals. 

Linotype Works 3

The buildings between the chimney and the main power building have already been demolished

Under Morris’ initial proposals, the distinctive power house building would have been retained and converted into flats. 

However, a report from structural engineer Atkinson Peck found that the building is unsuitable for conversion and recommended it be carefully taken down and rebuilt, reusing as much of the original material as possible. 

Once complete, the revised scheme will provide 18 apartments. 

The architect for the project is Calderpeel Architects. 

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I wonder how much they were paid to come up with those conclusions?

Just waiting for the inevitable application to redevelop the site without rebuilding the Linotype buildings once it’s a pile of bricks.

By What a surprise

Everything is contracted out and when things go wrong they play the blame game. A word of advice: don’t buy a new build. Buy an older house – at least you know what you’re getting for your money!!

By Brad Friedel

This scheme looks like a great way to get the new and old blended nicely.

By Simon Calvert

Linotype was an amazingly important part of the British printing industry. It’s role cannot be understated. The whole site should have been turned into a museum, not vandalised and broken up for housing. Complete lack of perspective here.

By John Gauld

It all boils down to money and not what you know but who you know. All the lovely historic buildings are being made into apartments and losing their history. Just so the rich can get richer. Sod the history of the place !!!

By Gaynor

If I were one of the neighbours in the adjacent dwellings, I’d be fully in favour of this decision. It’s an eyesore right now and when redeveloped it should look good.

By Ian Jones

I agree with John Gauld’s comment below. Far too much of the historical heritage of the North West gets “disappeared” in these conversion/development “initiatives”. Let’s start calling them for what they really are eh? Apartments created from a no-longer used, no-longer useful old historic wreck and get them tarted up with all mod-cons probably way out of the price reach of most local folk many of whom have earlier memories of the place. Big up the local history then big up the selling price. Stinks.

By John White

Absolute disgrace from Morris Homes but not surprised in the slightest. This was their plan from Day 1.

By Alan

In a hundred years time these apartments will also be a rich part of our heritage.

By Bon

Of course it is suitable for conversion… at a price. It means unsuitable for a cheap conversion

By Jabjabjab

Everything you see has to be built exactly the same …. the 2 facades that have taken down are being rebuilt with new brickwork and terracotta but the sand stone will be reinstated ….. all to previous measurements

By Tricky86