Plans have been revealed to regenerate one of Manchester's best-known former cotton mills.

Brunswick Mill was built on Bradford Road in Ancoats around 1840 and was one of the largest of its kind.

At that time, historic Lancashire was at the heart of the cotton industry and the powerhouse behind the nation's industrial revolution.

The mill once held some 276 carding machines, the textile process by which fibres are untwisted and separated into a uniform fabric.

The imposing structure, which fronts onto the Ashton Canal, has had many owners over the years including the Lancashire Cotton Corporation but finally ceased production in the 1960s.

Now owned by developer Maryland Securities, it is home to a number of tenants on short-term leases including Brunswick Mill Studios, one of Manchester's most popular recording and rehearsal spaces for musicians.

It remains unclear what the new plans mean for the long-term future of the current tenants but a spokesperson for the project team said all have been informed of the consultation and proposals that are being put forward. 

In a press release, Maryland's team say they believe the restoration and housing scheme will 'breathe new life' into the Grade II listed building.

The proposal, designed by architects Hodder + Partners, includes the refurbishment and conversion of the mill building to provide around 150 new homes set around a central courtyard.

It also includes the construction of two adjacent new buildings fronting Bradford Road, which will add a further 110 homes.

The developer says the new buildings will be no taller than the existing mill and are designed 'to complement and enhance the setting of the mill and the neighbouring properties'.

Around 20,000 sq ft of commercial and communal space will also be included at the ground floor of the refurbished Mill.

The canalside of the development will have a new landscaped outdoor area with a new publicly accessible route through the site to the Ashton Canal towpath.

A spokesperson for the project team, said: “The main ambition of this scheme is to celebrate the listed Brunswick Mill and secure its long-term future.

“In addition to refurbishing the mill, we want to create a sustainable and characterful neighbourhood that enhances the environment and brings vibrancy back to Bradford Road.

“The site is in an excellent location and can help provide a key link between New Islington and the Etihad Campus.”

Plans for the scheme can be viewed at www.brunswickmill.co.uk and feedback can be provided up until 14 December 2020.