Splash looks to Shapero for mill redesign

Urban Splash has appointed architect Maurice Shapero to redesign elements of Beehive Mill in Manchester, the 53,600 sq ft building in Ancoats that was bought earlier this year.

The grade two-listed mill, which is used as offices, was also formerly the location of club brand Sankey’s Soap.

Urban Splash bought the building from Delancey for £5m, and will now undertake a programme of refurbishment works in key parts of the building.

Shapero has been appointed to design a new reception, internal units, communal areas and a feature courtyard.

Nathan Cornish, director of Urban Splash, said: “We’ve been a bit overwhelmed with the level of interest we’ve had in the building, but clearly it needs investment to bring it up to date and make it feel like an Urban Splash product. Ancoats and New Islington is thriving at the moment and Beehive is in the very heart of the action.

“I’m really pleased to be working with Maurice Shapero; I’m confident he’ll get the best out of the building but also add an element of surprise and flair as is typical with his unique style.”

It is the second time Urban Splash has worked with Shapero. He said: “In 2010, we were fortunate enough to work with Urban Splash on the restoration of Albert Mill in Castlefield so I am delighted that we now have the opportunity to join forces again and create some brilliant workspaces for Manchester businesses.

“Designs for a building like Beehive are a joy to work on; there’s so much natural fabric from which we’ll be drawing inspiration, and I look forward to unveiling the plans in the near future.”

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