Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for the conversion of the historic Talbot Mill into 202 new apartments, designed by architects shedkm together with developer CAPITAL&CENTRIC.
Situated in the Castlefield conservation area, the historic mill was built in 1855 during Manchester’s textile boom, which rapidly transformed the surrounding Cornbrook neighborhood from undeveloped land to industrial hub during the late 19th century.
Following a £50m restoration by Manchester based developer CAPITAL&CENTRIC the mill will be returned to its former glory with many original features retained.
The plans will retain the two existing Mill buildings fronting Ellesmere Street with the addition of one new build block at the rear. The character of the existing mill buildings will be retained with exposed brick walls and arches.
The existing courtyard will be converted into a green landscaped area for the residents with pedestrian links to the canal basin.
A new main entrance offers views into the courtyard. New pop-out oriels will be added to the main façade on Ellesmere Street, marking the new entrance.
The new build block will have an expressed steel frame with coloured steel plate oriels allowing for privacy. Large balconies will also overhang the canal providing a sun trap for residents.
Construction is due to start in 2018 and residents are expected to move in by autumn 2020.
shedkm is working on two other developments in Manchester with CAPITAL&CENTRIC the £250 million mixed used development Kampus and the conversion of the Grade II listed Crusader, a residential scheme in Manchester’s East Village.
Adam Higgins of CAPITAL&CENTRIC said:
“Talbot is one of five mills in Manchester that we are breathing new life into and, as always, the ‘liveability’ factor is massive for us. It’s about celebrating the history of the building whilst creating a place for modern living.
“We want to create an amazing neighbourhood where people can get to know each other. That’s why our design is centered on a shared garden courtyard.
“We’ll be giving local people another opportunity to own a piece of Manchester’s history. We think it’ll be pretty cool to say that you live in one of Manchester’s largest surviving textile mills and we can’t wait to get started on restoring it to its former glory.”
Mark Sidebotham of shedkm said:
“Over the past four years we have worked together on a number of award winning projects and shedkm are excited to be collaborating with Capital & Centric on Talbot Mill. The transformational regeneration of Manchester’s historic buildings creates vibrant and bold opportunities for new residential communities to grow within the city.”