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Avro Apartments, Manchester

Project Details

Project Name: Avro Apartments

Location: Manchester

Product: Bespoke White-Washed Rustic Oak

Architect: Stephenson Hamilton Risley Studio

Contractor: Urban Splash


The recently refurbished Avro Apartments, Manchester's largest complex of loft apartments, provide historic luxury in one of the city's last remaining untouched Victorian mills, whilst paying homage to the building’s industrial roots.

 In one of Manchester's largest regeneration areas, the Northern Quarter, a historic Grade II* listed Victorian mill, underwent a remarkable transformation into 31 luxury loft apartments. Originally known as Brownsfield Mill, this iconic building located by the Rochdale Canal, was constructed in 1825 and features Manchester’s oldest surviving mill chimney.

Transformed by the architects at Stephenson Hamilton Risley Studio in collaboration with contractors Urban Splash, their approach and attention to detail has delivered a high-end residential complex. Allowing the charming, warm-toned original industrial features to shine through, whilst now accented by modern industrial-influenced elements crafted from high quality materials inspired by the building’s heritage. 

The building was once home to A.V. Roe & Co., Britain's first aeroplane manufacturer and it was also the one-time workplace of eminent artist LS Lowry, who served as the building’s rent collector.

The name ‘Avro Apartments’ pays homage to the Avro biplanes that were once constructed within its walls. Each of the 31 luxury loft apartments within this historic building reflects its industrial heritage, featuring exposed mill boards, thick timber planks spanning between main beams without joists, and salvaged materials used throughout.

Atkinson & Kirby’s Bespoke hand scraped white-washed rustic oak flooring was chosen to be fitted throughout Avro Apartments.

The bespoke flooring was a perfectly selected design choice, with the delicate whitewashed oil of the Oak enhancing the abundance of natural character knots, splits and grain variation. Its subtle grey hue provides a modern foundation, whilst the rustic grade adds character that compliments the historic surroundings.

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