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    Albert Mill


    Converted space in Manchester

    This Grade II Listed beauty was one of Manchester's last undeveloped Victorian mills; we took a historic blank canvas in which we created apartments upstairs and some beautiful commercial space on the ground floor.

    When we refurbished Albert Mill, we created residential and commercial shell spaces - meaning we gave occupiers four walls, blasted brickwork, a front door and timber windows - which they then each shaped for their own use. We left all the beautiful bits of course - the timber beams, the cast iron columns and the original floors - and then let the businesses renting or buying the spaces execute their final vision of a perfect place to work. The result was some pretty stunning workspaces, all of which are occupied today.

    The community at Albert Mill, from the businesses downstairs to the residents upstairs, all occupy a unique space. Taking full inspo from the Manhattan loft concept - the Urban Splash hallmark you could say - it oozes cool,with a range of individually crafted spaces. Outside, shared areas such as runway-style external walkways complete the vibe.

    The location's pretty awesome too and we've been transforming this area of Castlefield for some time, resulting in a collection of converted mills, bars, restaurants, canals and open spaces in a cool new community. Close enough to the city to be a part of it, but detached enough not to be smothered by it, Manchester's attractions are just a few minutes stroll away, with the Metro and rail connections at Deansgate-Castlefield close by.

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    Meet the designer

    Maurice Shapero

    I began working independently in 2004 after ten years of practicing and lecturing in London and Manchester. At present I am working on two interesting house extensions an orthodontic clinic, a new build art gallery and an apartment design with Urbansplash, all in Manchester. I am also involved with the RIBA trust.


    To date we have won 400 awards for architecture, regeneration, marketing and enterprise.

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