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Murrays Mills Apartments

Ancoats Village Development, Northwest England – design by FCBS, architects

17 Mar 2016

Murrays Mills Apartments Ancoats Village

Manchester, UK

Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS)

Murrays Mills Residential Apartments

Manchester Life Development Company appoints GRAHAM Construction to transform Murrays’ Mills into 124 one, two and three bed residential apartments

Designs & development will preserve the heritage of the world’s oldest surviving steam powered cotton mill, and create a unique living experience at the heart of Ancoats’ regeneration

Manchester Life Development Company announce that GRAHAM Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for the development of Murrays’ Mills in Ancoats, East Manchester.

Murrays Mills Apartments

Murrays’ Mills is being carefully transformed into 124 one, two and three bedroom apartments for sale as part of Phase One of Manchester Life, which is creating over 900 homes in the emerging neighbourhoods of Ancoats and New Islington, and helping to meet the growing demand for high quality accommodation in the city.

Planning permission and listed building consent were granted for the scheme in July 2015, providing an opportunity to secure the re-use of the oldest surviving steam powered cotton mills. The Mills’ place in the history of Manchester’s cotton industry and their sheer presence within the area makes their preservation central to the regeneration of Ancoats and New Islington.

GRAHAM Construction have a proven track record of working on high-profile developments of historical importance, and will continue the extensive restoration work already undertaken to stabilise the site and protect its character. The historic canal basin in the centre of the site will become the centrepiece of a new landscaped space, and all apartments have been designed around the features and character of the Mills.

Marty Edelman, Executive Chairman of Manchester Life Development Company, commented: “Our absolute priority is to preserve the heritage of one of Manchester’s most important historical buildings, and in doing so, create a flagship residential scheme in keeping with the character of Ancoats. Murrays’ Mills will provide a unique living experience for the 124 owners, and importantly will serve as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area. He further commented: ”In Murrays’ Mills we have a really special development, with each apartment and the communal areas sympathetic to the building’s 19th century origins.”

Gary Hughes, GRAHAM Construction north of England regional director, said: “GRAHAM is delighted to have been entrusted with the transformation of Murrays’ Mills into what will be a first class and unique residential scheme. He further commented: “We have worked closely with Manchester Life and its design partners over the past year to ensure that every aspect of the restorative conversion of Murrays’ Mills protects the building and fulfills the vision for the Manchester Life living experience.”

Development work will start in March 2016, with apartments ready for occupation by Autumn 2017.


Manchester Life Development Company is the residential property development company owned by Manchester City Council and Abu Dhabi United Group, which is driving the sympathetic and sustainable redevelopment of Ancoats and New Islington into vibrant and inclusive communities. The multi phased Manchester Life initiative combines the best of public and private sector expertise to set a new benchmark for residential property development in Manchester by planning, financing, developing and managing a portfolio of high quality homes that will support the emergence of east Manchester. Phase one of Manchester Life will provide more than 900 predominantly privately rented homes, helping to fulfill the demand for high quality residential accommodation, in line with Manchester’s Residential Growth Strategy to provide tens of thousands of new homes by 2027.

ABOUT GRAHAM Construction.

GRAHAM operates throughout the UK and Ireland and has an impressive track record in building, civil engineering and heritage restoration. The company has worked on many high-profile projects in the public and private sectors, including a large number of buildings of historic importance. These include:

The £22m transformation of the Grade I listed Piece Hall in Halifax. The iconic building, which dates back to 1779, is being refurbished and conserved to create a 21st century heritage visitor attraction.
Refurbishing the Victorian-era Lews Castle to create a new museum and archive for the Outer Hebrides, and restoring the historic interior of the castle.

Renovating the impressive Barnsley Town Hall to house a museum, learning centre and café, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the town centre each year.

Upgrading and faithfully restoring the Ulster Hall, one of the oldest buildings owned by Belfast City Council, transforming it into a modern, multi-purpose facility.

Murray’s Mills Manchester image / information from Manchester Life Development Company

Murray’s Mills Manchester – Phase One Project Team

The Phase One professional team includes:

Arup – multi-discipline engineer
Deloitte Real Estate – planning consultants
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios – Murrays’ Mills architect (new office under establishment to support Manchester Life and other local business)
KM Heritage – heritage consultants
KPMG – advisory services
MAC Consulting – H&S Advisor and Cost Manager
Mace – project management
Pierre Angulaire – program management
RTKL – architect for New Union Street
Squire Patton Boggs – corporate, property and planning legal advice
Walker Morris – legal advice on land acquisition

Marty Edelman of City Football Group & Manchester Life Development Company Inc. will be speaking at ‘Manchester Life: the story so far’ at MIPIM next week. This takes place on the Manchester Stand, Thursday 17th March at 15:45. Those not attending MIPIM can watch the session via live stream at (please note that Cannes is one hour ahead).

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