Find out what’s in store for Manchester’s Beehive Mill as Urban Splash regenerate the working space.
We used to know Ancoats’ Beehive Mill as the home of Sacha Lord’s nightclub Sankeys, but now it’s fast becoming a go-to business hub for Manchester’s professionals. Once a late-night spot for the city’s ravers, the Grade-II listed Beehive Mill is today home to the entrepreneurs and local businesspeople of Manchester.
The building started out its life as a cotton mill during Manchester’s Industrial Revolution before becoming a soap factory and then a nightclub. Over the last 18 months, Urban Splash has breathed new life into the space. The transformation of Beehive Lofts aims to make it a working space that suits the needs of Manchester’s professionals, whilst keeping the building’s original features that hark back to our city’s past. Bursting with character, Beehive Mill will retain the original timber floors, exposed wooden beams, heavy cast iron columns, blasted brickwork and high, pitched roofs that it’s had since the 1800s.
The Urban Splash team have been beavering away for the last 18 months to give Manchester businesses an exciting new workspace. Urban Splash has been putting their signature touch on the space with new kitchens, toilets, a coffee shop, common rooms, bike racks, showers and a new urban garden to make the space even more desirable than it’s already proving to be.
Whilst Urban Splash’s makeover of the space is still underway, the site is already more than 90% let. It seems Manchester’s businesses are keen to get in on the Ancoats and Urban Splash buzz. Set to join the building in 2019 is architecture and interior design studio Maurice Shapero, design agency Fortnight, web developers Silverchip and creative agency Intermarketing Agency. The space is already home to the co-working community, Beehive Lofts.
Urban Splash has struck their latest deal with The Prince’s Trust. The Prince of Wales’ charity will take 10,696 square foot of space in the site. Prince’s Trust North regional director Clare Crabb said: “We’ll help young people find their passions and skills and fit into Manchester’s vast offering; Beehive Mill is the perfect place for us to do that and we can’t wait to open our doors and show our supporters and stakeholders the work we are doing.”
Based in Ancoats, close to the up-and-coming New Islington area, and near to Piccadilly station, it’s no surprise that Urban Splash’s transformation of Beehive Mill is going so well. The desire for businesses to base themselves in Ancoats and Manchester’s traditional fringe locations shows the citywide shift towards these outer areas becoming our new business core.
Find out more at urbansplash.co.uk/regeneration/projects/beehive-mill.