March 15, 2016


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

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

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.

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