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Mulbury submits plans to build luxury apartment scheme on Excelsior Mill site in Manchester’s Castlefield

Developer Mulbury has submitted plans to build a £26 million luxury apartment scheme on the site of the derelict Excelsior Mill in Castlefield, Manchester.


The site of the former printing and book binding works in Hulme Hall Road will be transformed into an eight-storey development of 108 apartments, designed by Tim Groom Architects. The one, two and three-bedroom propertieswill be marketed for private sale.


The site, adjacent to the Bridgewater Canal, has been vacant since the original building partially collapsed in July 2015 and had to be demolished.


James Alderson, head of Mulbury City, the company’s city centre residential division, said: “This is an important scheme for Castlefield because it fills in a vacant plot along the canal.  It also brings back an active frontage to the canal towpath with its double-height entrance. We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback so far on the design of the scheme.”


Tim Groom, of Tim Groom Architects, said: “The design responds to the distinct Manchester context of Castlefield and the turn in the canal. We have looked to reinterpret 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.


“The design complements traditional and modern buildings in the vicinity while sitting comfortably alongside Castlefield’s historic core.”


The scheme lies just outside the Castlefield conservation area. Mulbury held a public consultation on the proposed scheme and has consulted with Manchester City Council, Places Matter, the Bridgewater Canal Company and local councillor Nigel Murphy during the planning process.


Deloitte Real Estate provided planning advice to Mulbury.


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