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History of Heritage Works

Heritage Works, formerly Ancoats Buildings Preservation Trust (ABPT), was established in 1995 to rescue buildings at risk in the Ancoats area of Manchester, reputedly the world's first industrial suburb.

In 2006, the Trust completed the restoration of two significant buildings as part of the regeneration of Ancoats: the former St Peter's Church and Murrays' Mills, Manchester's oldest surviving cotton spinning mill. In parallel with the Murrays' Mills project, the Trust implemented an innovative education and outreach project, Skills Schools and Stories, to involve the community in the regeneration of the Ancoats area. Grants of over £14m were secured for these projects from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Northwest Regional Development Agency.

In January 2007, with the consent of the Charity Commission and the support of English Heritage, the Trust was renamed Heritage Works and extended its geographical remit to England and Wales, although its focus is on projects within 50 miles of Manchester and on schemes that contribute to local regeneration initiatives.

A new business strategy was adopted in 2009, with the introduction of consultancy services, provided by staff and resource pool consultants. Unfortunately, the reduction in public budgets limited the income the organisation was able to earn in commissions and this, together with increased competition for grant funding, led Trustees to make the very difficult decision to close the Heritage Works offices in October 2011.

Heritage Works continues to operate as an unstaffed Trust, managed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, supported by members of the resource pool.

Director's letter announcing closure of the Trust's office operations.

Murrays' Mills before renovation

Murrays' Mills before renovation

School site visit to Murrays' Mills during works

School site visit to Murrays' Mills

Murrays' Mills after renovation

Murrays' Mills after renovation


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