A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex Danny Jones
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
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Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.
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Manchester steak restaurant finds itself homeless for SECOND time after shock closure of Canvas Daisy Jackson
A steak business in Manchester has found itself ‘homeless once again’ after yesterday’s sudden closure of Canvas.
Block Steak Shop was previously based in Hatch, which closed almost all of its site in September last year, leaving local food, drink and retail operators scrambling for new homes.
The street food business had already set up a second location at Canvas, just down Oxford Road at the new Circle Square development, which became its sole site.
But now it’s lost that too, with Canvas – a gig venue, bar and restaurant – announcing its closure.
They say they were given no warning about Canvas’s closure and only found out the news when arriving to work yesterday.
Block Steak Shop (try saying that 10 times fast) is the sister restaurant to the legendary Parmogeddon, which was also a Hatch favourite.
They are now on the hunt for a new venue so they can continue serving up their street food take on classic steaks, all using locally reared, grass fed, free range and dry aged beef.
They wrote on their Instagram stories: “It doesn’t rain, it pours!
“5 months after the sudden closure of Hatch we’ve found ourselves homeless once again.
“We’ve come to work this morning and found that @canvasmcr has been closed with immediate effect with no warning at all.
“We are in need of a new home to operate from. If anyone knows of anywhere please let us know.”
Parmogeddon shared their appeal, writing: “Our other business @blocksteakshop is homeless if anyone knows of a venue in need of a food concept please let us know.”
Canvas was a three-storey hangout that was billed as a ‘next-generation’ venue boasting live music, club nights, a members’ lounge, and a sleek bar and restaurant.
The 600-capacity gig venue was open into the early hours seven days a week and had played host to the likes of both Neighbourhood and Year’s End Festival.
A sign posted at the entrance now simply reads, ‘This venue is now closed’.
The Manc has approached Bruntwood SciTech and Quantuma for comment.
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