Former distillery could soon be turned into a mixed use building in Old Trafford

The Church of Scientology who is the owner of the former distillery on Chester Road in Old Trafford are seeking permission to refurbish the building

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If planning is granted the former distillery will have:

  • A mix of worship
  • Communal
  • Leisure
  • Educational and administration uses (Sui Generis) associated with the Church of

The work that the owners of the building are wanting permission for:

  • Physical works comprise exterior works including the removal of cast-iron staircases,
  • Installation of rooflights,
  • Reinstatement of historic features and removal of non-original features
  • Works to improve and enable access including the installation of disabled access lifts
  • Internal works including reconfiguration of internal spaces
  • Works to staircases, ceilings, walls, and floors
  • Construction of a four storey stair tower extension at the eastern part of the building
  • External works also include car parking, landscaping works, erection of plant, works also on boundary walls and railings

The distillery was first built-in 1895 and is a grade 2 listed building, the owners of the distillery ‘Duckworths’ was in business at this site for 107 years, in 2003 it was taken over by Cargill who is now the  provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products.

In 2010 it was bought by The Church of Scientology for a reported £3.6m, having seen many photos from within and around the back, work on this building will probably cost about the same amount.

It seems much work is needed on the structure from within, a document seen shows many issues from mould growth, damaged walls and spooky looking corridors.

From the outside the building looks impressive, triangle roof stacks and different shapes of windows.



(Cover photo : Google Maps)




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