Planning application submitted to transform 80 Manchester Road, Burnley into new work space

Photo: Planning application submitted to transform 80 Manchester Road, Burnley into new work space

Thrive has announced it has submitted a planning and change of use application to Burnley Council for the £250k transformation of the Mill, 80 Manchester Road, Burnley into a co-working hub with small to medium sized offices with desk spaces for up to 100 people.

Thrive, which already has operations in Wigan, Warrington and Newton-le-Willows, plans to convert the 11,600 sq ft Leeds-Liverpool canal-side 19th century mill into modern, flexible spaces for start-up and small businesses.

There will be 19 suites in total with space to accommodate individuals (approx. 145 sq ft) up to around ten people in one space (approx. 615 sq ft). Some of the suites will be duplex with spiral staircases leading to a mezzanine floor. The spaces will retain the best of the original features of the building including exposed brick work.

The Mill will also benefit from a meeting room, free high speed broadband and WIFI, a staffed reception, break-out area and shower facilities.

Matthew Settle, managing director, Thrive said: “The Mill is a great building and we are sure it will be a fantastic addition to our Thrive network. Our other locations have proved very popular with everyone from start-ups and individual freelancers to small businesses employing up to ten or more staff.

“Our occupiers benefit from automatic membership to Club Thrive, which allows them to use our facilities at other locations as well as connecting to other Club Thrive members.  We aim to grow Thrive considerably over the next six months, in addition to the Mill we have plans to open at Bolton, Blackburn, Oldham, Cheadle and Widnes as well as having operations in Blackpool, South Yorkshire and the North East in the pipeline.”

If the planning application is successful Thrive aims to have the Mill open by the autumn.

The Mill is located in the Weavers Triangle conservation area of Burnley and it has been owned by the team behind Thrive since December last year.

This news was published by Place North West, Insider Media, and This is Lancashire.