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BDP is set to begin a study into redeveloping the Ancoats area of Manchester, one of the country's oldest industrial sites. Built in 1798, the complex of former cotton mills and warehouses now lies derelict and is the subject of farreaching plans by the Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the trust £278,000 to conduct an initial investigation.An application for a £4.8 million development will be made at the end of the year if the trust can secure a further £3 million from other sources.

BDP has been appointed as architect, structural engineer and quantity surveyor. The practice is to ensure the fabric of the buildings is preserved with a view to converting them into inhabitable structures in three years.

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