Redevelopment of Ancoats Dispensary to begin within weeks after EWC appointment

The shell of Ancoats Dispensary

Construction on the redevelopment of Ancoats Dispensary will begin in the coming weeks after the appointment of Preston-based Eric Wright Construction by Great Places Housing Group.

The project, on Old Mill Street in Manchester city centre involves the retention of two Grade II-listed façades, the restoration and reconstruction of a Grade II-listed tower, with new build works to the rear and a two-storey extension.

The development includes 39 one- and two-bedroom apartments which will be allocated for affordable rent under plans created with Manchester City Council and Homes England.

Ancoats Dispensary was constructed in 1874 to support the Royal Infirmary to meet the increased need for healthcare provision across Manchester.

The local landmark remained in use until 1989, but has remained vacant since then which has led to the building progressively deteriorating and currently requiring scaffolding to hold up what remains of the existing structure.

James Eager, director at Eric Wright Construction, said: “We have been involved in several projects in Ancoats and New Islington and are thrilled to be once again playing a role in the ongoing regeneration of this area.

Plans for the site

“This building has huge historical significance and we will ensure the Dispensary is sensitively transformed to a fully functioning building after having lain derelict for over three decades.”

Helen Spencer, director of development at Great Places, said: “This is a flagship scheme which heralds a new era for one of Ancoats’ most cherished landmarks, providing 39 new high quality affordable homes in the area. Eric Wright Construction are specialists in the renewal of historic buildings, and we are looking forward to starting work.”