Renovation of former mill moves to next phase

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With the construction programme progressing at Crusader Mill, main contractor Artez has now appointed a specialist sub-contractor for the next phase of the 200,000sq ft residential development.

The 180-year old Victorian mill, owned by Capital & Centric, will see the creation of 126 one- and two-bedroom loft apartments, including some duplex, in Manchester’s East Village regeneration area.

Carrying out the mechanical and electrical works will be Aberla M&E which has picked up the £2m work package that includes ventilation systems, thermal insulation as well as sprinkler systems, fire alarms and access control.

With batches of apartments already released to the owner-occupier market, the development will create one of Manchester’s newest neighbourhoods and is perfectly located to benefit from the vibrant Northern Quarter as well as wider connectivity via Piccadilly Station.

Although each apartment is individually designed, each one will showcase a sensitive renovation to the historic building by maintaining the exposed brick beams, high ceilings and large windows throughout.

Mike Banton, managing director at Artez, said: “With each apartment being unique in terms of layout and dimensions we were keen to appoint sub-contractors who understand the challenges of such a distinctive development.

“We were aware Aberla M&E had recently completed the conversion and refurbishment of the landmark Black Friar Pub in Salford and their credentials for this type of work was impressive.”

Paul McCarren, managing director at Aberla Group, said: “Crusader Mill is one of a kind and to be working with Artez to bring this impressive building back to use for city centre living will be an exciting year ahead.

“We’re keen to get on site and push ahead to reach the next milestone with the wider construction team.”

The scheme is due for completion in early 2020.