It’s been a long time coming… but work has now finally begun to transform Ancoats Green into the “green heart” of the neighbourhood.
Manchester City Council has confirmed that major investment is now underway to create a much-improved city centre park space as part of “the closing chapter” of the regeneration of the Ancoats area that began more than 20 years ago.
Developers say the new park will act as a “focal point” for the popular Manchester neighbourhood as part of a wider public realm investment in that’s aiming to “celebrate the industrial and manufacturing heritage” of this part of the city centre.
New walking and cycling routes also form part of the project to “encourage active travel”, as does “significant” planting of new wetland areas and wildflowers to add colour all year round.
On top of this, given the fact that ‘community’ is said to be right at the heart of the project, along with the ambition to make a high quality and multi-functional greenspace for both existing and future generations, new play areas with accessible equipment, open grassed areas, generous footpaths, and spaces for hosting small events will also be created.
Funds for the project are being provided through Homes England and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) to create the “necessary infrastructure” so that 1,500 new homes can also eventually be built.
Homes England has committed £28.1 million to the overall project, along with £4.7 million allocated by GMCA, to bring the total budget to £32.7 million.
Bev Craig, who is the leader of Manchester City Council, said she’s pleased that work is now underway on the final part of the regeneration to what is now one of Manchester city centre’s most sought-after and popular residential areas.
“We know that more and more people are choosing to have families in the city centre,” Cllr Craig continued, “and we have an opportunity, through this investment, to create a new green heart for Ancoats with open grassed spaces and new play park that will allow the community grow and knit around it.
“This is part of a long-standing and long-term commitment that we have to make Manchester a greener, more attractive, and cleaner place to live.
“We are committed to creating more high-quality green spaces for residents and visitors.
“Ancoats Green will be the focal point that this neighbourhood needs, becoming the lynchpin of the ongoing development in the area, and the final chapter on the regeneration of Ancoats over the last two decades.”
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A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
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.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
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.