On the surface of things, Crusader Mill looks like your run-of-the-mill construction site – a sight many will be familiar with around Manchester these days. Silver scaffolding criss-crosses its grade II-listed, 180-year-old brickwork exterior. The windows remain without glass. The only immediate signs of life are those of builders working away.
In the next year, Capital & Centric will complete the transformation of Crusader Mill to become 201 apartments.
But in the meantime, the community spirit of the new development is already blossoming, even if the future residents don’t have their own front doors yet.
Several spaces within the building have been given over to carefully selected local businesses, and now Crusader Mill is hiding three of the city’s coolest bars, and an intimate independent cinema.