Excelsior Mill, Castlefield, Manchester



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This scheme of 108 apartments will see the site of a former printing and book binding works in Hulme Hall Road transformed into a high-quality eight-storey development adjacent to the Bridgewater Canal.

Designed by Tim Groom Architects, the development features one, two and three-bedroom apartments that will be marketed for private sale. Some of the apartments have balconies and access to a communal roof garden. A basement car park will provide on-site parking.

The building will fill a plot left vacant when the original mill was demolished following a partial collapse in 2015. It will bring back an active frontage to the canal towpath with its double-height entrance.

The design responds to the distinct Manchester context of Castlefield and the turn in the canal. It also reinterprets the architectural history of the site and the old-fashioned printing trays in some of the ornamentation around the building entrances at roadside and canal edge.

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