Urban Splash announces next Northern Quarter project

The regeneration company has signed a development agreement with Town Centre Securities to bring forward the residential conversion of Brownsfield Mill in Manchester.

The 45,000 sq ft Victorian mill on Great Ancoats Street forms part of TCS’ Piccadilly Basin regeneration area. One of the few remaining undeveloped mills in Manchester, the grade two-listed structure includes red brick, timber and big windows, and was formerly home to aviation company Avro.

The number of flats to be included in the building is yet to be confirmed, but Urban Splash said the scheme “will offer traditional, canal-side apartments; some of them the biggest in the city with lateral lofts of up to 4,000 sq ft of space taking up entire floorplates”.

A design team will be announced in the coming weeks.

Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham said: “Brownsfield Mill was really appealing to us; we started developing loft apartments 25 years ago and it’s been a joy to find this immaculate building beside the canal in the Northern Quarter. There is lots of design work to be done but we’re looking forward in due course to revealing more details about this building.”

This is the second portfolio announcement in a week for Urban Splash, following its recent purchase of the Office Village scheme in Salford Quays with joint venture partner Pears. In the past year the company has also acquired developments around the country including Barton Business Park in Eccles, the former Regiment pub in Castlefield, Phoenix Mill in Ancoats plus sites in Walsall, Salford.

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