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In pictures: Manchester's sleeping giants on 'Freedom Day'

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As all pandemic-related restrictions end, Manchester city centre is waking from its slumber – but some of its heritage buildings remain out for the count, and others are merely stirring.

Here’s what we spotted as we took a walk around on July 19th – and what may become of these beautiful industrial relics.

8 Minshull Street/42 Bloom Street, Gay Village

The former home of the legendary Essential nightclub, this grand warehouse has sat empty for a number of years. At the time of writing, the property is being marketed through Rightmove and offers invited, with the listing suggesting the building is suitable for a hotel (subject to planning).



The Hotspur Press, nr Oxford Road station

Once a mill, then a printing house and most recently a ramshackle collection of artists’ studios, The Hotspur Press is derelict and plans for its redevelopment are at stalemate. Manchester Mill provides a fascinating write-up of the building’s history.



64-68 Dale Street & 13-15 Paton Street, Piccadilly

These properties, which make up an entire city block, are boarded up, out of use and Grade-II Listed. The two townhouses on Paton Street would make sophisticated urban homes; the warehouses on Dale Street could be converted to apartments or offices – similar units occupied by fashion brands Boohoo and Nasty Gal are just next door. Is the hard hat we spotted the signs of life?



Langley Building and Eastern House, Princess Street

Empty for some time, it’s proposed that these buildings will become high-quality office space and a gym.



Theatre Royal, Peter Street

Built in 1845, 2021 marks 100 years since the Theatre Royal, Manchester’s oldest surviving theatre building, was converted to a cinema. Since then it’s moonlighted as a bingo hall and operated for three decades as a nightclub, before closing for good in 2009. For the last few years it’s been owned by the same organisation as the neighbouring Free Trade Hall – now a Radisson hotel…



We regularly work with property developers to finance the redevelopment of historic buildings, including Conditioning House in Bradford – a city at the centre of the global wool industry, but now fighting back against the effects of deindustrialisation.

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