Capital&Centric gets go-ahead for Neptune Mill restoration
Work is due to start later this year to convert the 22,000 sq ft building off Chapeltown Street into a creative workspace within Manchester’s emerging Piccadilly East neighbourhood.
Manchester City Council has approved Capital&Centric’s plans to restore the historic Neptune Mill.
The Jonathan Davidson Architects-designed scheme will provide four floors of workspace, as well as a ground-floor social hub and commercial space earmarked for a coffee bar, deli, or general store. Designs will showcase the mill’s original features of red brickwork and timber beams.
Capital&Centric will reserve the first floor as a new HQ to house the social impact developer’s expanding team.
Proposals also feature space for a mural and a courtyard.
No additional car parking spaces will be provided due to the building’s city centre location. However, 14 cycle spaces will be available on site.
Tom Wilmot, joint managing director at Capital&Centric, said: “As the city expands, enterprises are always on the hunt for the next stunning workspace that will inspire creativity and foster new ideas.
“We’re delivering that with Neptune Mill, creating the next chapter in the historic building’s story.”
Formerly known as Chapeltown Mill, Neptune Mill dates back to the 1860s. The building was constructed as the final phase of the Crusader Works complex, which was developed during the 1840s as a machine workshop.
Crusader Works is a grade two-listed building, and therefore the application site is a curtilage-listed building.
Now vacant, Neptune Mill was previously used as a packing warehouse and, more recently, offices.
Capital&Centric submitted the plans for the project in May.
Transformation of the 19th-century building follows the developer’s previous Piccadilly East ventures. These ventures include the conversion of the neighbouring warehouse, Crusader, into 126 flats last year.
Wilmot said: “We’ve always been massive champions of Manchester’s Piccadilly East, having delivered new hotel rooms for visitors and homes for those putting down permanent roots in the city.
“This is the next, exciting step for the neighbourhood, bringing in businesses and creating ground-floor spaces that the community can patronise.”
Avison Young is the scheme’s planning consultant. Graeme Ives provided the heritage statement. The project team also includes Shedkm, Rachel Hacking Ecology, Heyne Tillet Steel, Watt Energy & Consulting Engineers, and Hepworth Acoustics.
Want to learn more about the plans for Neptune Mill? Search for application number 136865/FO/2023 and 136866/LO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.