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Murrays' Mill

Reviving a relic of the past

Murrays' Mills, Manchester Life Framework

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Project Overview

Client Manchester Life
Project Value £22m
Expertise Building
Sector Residential
Timeline January 2016 - July 2017
Location England - North
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Project Summary

Resurrecting the world’s oldest surviving steam-powered cotton mill, while preserving its historic 19th Century features, the Murrays’ Mills project is a £22 million innovative design-led development of a stunning Grade II* listed building. Housing 124 distinctive one, two and three bedroom apartments, the Phase One scheme, completed within 18 months, retains the historic fabric of the building, including the original stone circular staircase, amidst contemporary new build technology.

The detail

As a Grade II* listed building, preserving the special character of this historic relic from the industrial revolution required creativity, skill and expert care from our team throughout the design and construction phases. Careful planning, and robust communication, with the client (Manchester Life), and the relevant local authorities, was critical to the successful completion of this transformative development. Located on a constrained city centre site within a ‘Conservation Area’, traffic management and the phasing of works had to be carefully managed throughout the entire 18-month programme.

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“The transformation of Murrays’ Mills is a significant milestone in Ancoats’ emergence as a desirable and vibrant neighbourhood, it is a brilliant way to address the demand for central accommodation in a way that preserves and carefully evolves our former industrial areas”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council