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Ancoats Village Manchester : Murray’s Mills

Ancoats Village Development, north west England – design by BDP, architects

5 Nov 2007

Murray’s Mills Ancoats Village


Design: BDP

Project Description

Ancoats Village Housing
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BDP’s Restoration of Mill Building Wins Georgian Group Award

2 Nov 2007

Murrays’ Mills at Ancoats in Manchester won the Award for the ‘Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting’ presented by The Rt. Hon. Lord Heseltine CH on behalf of the Georgian Group at Christie’s in St James, London last night (1 November 2007).

The Georgian Group Architectural Awards recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes.

Murrays’ Mills is the world’s earliest surviving urban steam powered cotton spinning factory.  The 13,000 square metre complex was begun in 1797 and by 1805 had become the largest factory in the world.  Powered by steam and lit by gas, it was visited by many people from Europe and North America as a wonder of the age.  The buildings remained in textile production until the late 1950s from which time they declined in use and condition.

Detailed examination showed that the buildings had always been inherently weak. However, the site was considered to be of such significance that it was taken into public ownership.  BDP was commissioned to lead a project which would repair the historic structure and fabric whilst making the restored shell suitable for modern use.  The building was then to be offered on the open market for conversion to new uses.

Ken Moth, BDP architect director and design team leader said ‘We are delighted to have helped in rescuing this hugely significant mill complex which can now be used and enjoyed by future generations’.

Murray’s Mills Manchester image / information from BDP Architects 5 Nov 2007

Murray’s Mills Manchester – Project Team

Owner – Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust Ltd
Architect – BDP
Structural Engineer – BDP
Building Services Engineer – Faber Maunsell Ltd
Quantity Surveyor – Appleyard & Trew
Planning Supervisor – Schal
Project Manager – Gardiner & Theobald LLP
Main contractor – Wates Construction

Murray’s Mills Manchester – Richard Murphy Architects
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