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A derelict landmark symbolising Manchester’s industrial history could be bulldozed after developers failed to find a use for it. Ancoats Dispensary, which dates from the 1870s, is the only building remaining from the iconic Ancoats Hospital site.

Developers Urban Splash have asked Manchester council for permission to demolish the Grade II listed neo-Gothic building after a plan to save it failed. The building is in a poor state and would require up to £3m to improve to modern standards.

The hospital started life in 1828 as the Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary on Great Ancoats Street. It moved to Mill Street in 1869 and was built to serve the influx of people who came to Ancoats during the city’s industrial hey-day. An interior scene of the building was painted in 1952 by L S Lowry in his work Ancoats Hospital Outpatients' Hall.

Its casualty department was closed in 1987, sparking protests from local residents who staged a waiting room sit-in. The hospital finally closed fully in 1996 and the dispensary is the only remaining building

We, the undersigned, request that (a) permission to demolish this Grade II listed building is denied and (b) more effort be made to find alternative funding/partners to help to save the building after the grant from NWRDA for £200,000 was withdrawn when the NWRDA was abolished by the current Government.

Visit our Facebook group for more information on how to object: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Save-ancoats-hospital/195596477164837?sk=info

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Gillian Potter-MerriganBy:
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Manchester City Council, Urban Splash

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