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Warehouse Home Design Team: Avro Lofts

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 by

Developers Urban Splash have pioneered warehouse living in the north of England for more than 25 years. And now, collaborating with leading architect Roger Stephenson, they’re converting one of Manchester’s last Victorian mills into 31 large loft apartments. They asked our design team to demonstrate its remarkable potential.

When the Warehouse Home design team arrived at Brownsfield Mill, they found the site completely stripped bare and flooded with natural light through factory windows. Over the coming days, as our team worked tirelessly, the space came to life.

Cast iron columns, exposed brick walls and timber beams combined in a historic grade II* listed building with unique character

Cast iron columns, exposed brick walls and timber beams combined in a historic grade II* listed building with unique character
Photography by Jordan Johnson

Original red brick walls add warmth to a stylish bedroom scheme finished in silver and sage

Original red brick walls add warmth to a stylish bedroom scheme in silver and sage
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

Natural textures mix with industrial touches in this contemporary loft living scheme

Natural textures mix with industrial elements in this contemporary loft living scheme
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

This textured concrete mural is the perfect backdrop to the nickel bathtub. The bespoke shower screen references warehouse windows

A textured concrete mural is the perfect backdrop to the nickel bathtub. The bespoke shower screen references warehouse windows
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

Expansive warehouse windows allow for a living area flooded with natural light. A vintage factory trolley displays the Warehouse Home book in the background

Expansive windows allow for a living area flooded with natural light. A vintage factory trolley displays the Warehouse Home book in the background
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

The building's original features are framed by a chic and contemporary industrial style kitchen

Surviving features of the space, such as steel columns and concrete floors, frame a chic industrial style kitchen
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

The smooth surfaces of metals such as brass and steel create great visual interest when applied in contrast to elements such as raw brick

The smooth surface of metals such as brass and steel create great visual interest when applied in contrast to elements such as raw brick
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

Vintage accessories add warmth to a dramatic desktop scene

Vintage accessories add warmth to a dramatic desktop scene
Styling by Olivia Gregory | Photography by Oliver Perrott

Located in Manchester’s vibrant Northern Quarter, Brownsfield Mill was recently named by The Times as one of Britain’s most exciting places to reside. The old cotton mill exemplifies the extensive regeneration taking place in the surrounding areas and is a connection to the city’s industrial past as well as a mark of its new fortunes and future.

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