The developer has started on site at the conversion of Stubbs Mill in New Islington into 30,000 sq ft of flexible workspace designed by SixTwo Architects.
Next to the Ashton Canal, Stubbs Mill was previously used for the making and assembly of machinery for the cotton warehouses in New Islington and Ancoats and has been vacant for some time.
The building was acquired by Urban Splash in 2003 and in 2008 plans were announced for a residential and commercial development of the building, worked up by Hacienda designer Ben Kelly. However the scheme stalled during the recession.
In marketing materials Urban Splash described the scheme as 'funky office space'.
The developer said: "Stubbs sits right next door to our Will Alsop designed Chips and the new tram stop. We're working with SixTwo Architects for the first time and space will be ready in early 2016."