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Community group takes ownership of the Ancoats Dispensary

Ancoats Dispensary Trust take possession of Manchester's Ancoats Dispensary.

Ancoats Dispensary Trust has now signed the lease to take possession of the Grade II-listed Ancoats Dispensary from developer, Urban Splash, which has owned it since 2001. The Trust plans to restore the Dispensary and convert it into a community wellbeing centre and affordable workspace for local creative businesses. In the next few months the organisation will be carrying out urgent safeguarding works on the building.

Trust CEO, Karen Houghton said: '‘We now have legal possession of the building, and initial funding in place for the safeguarding works. However, we still have a significant journey ahead, to raise more funds to deliver the design and the full restoration.’ The Trust is appealing to individuals and businesses to come on board and help them to raise funds.

The Dispensary was built in 1891 to treat patients who did not qualify for the poor law hospitals but who could not afford medical bills. It is the only remaining building from Manchester's nineteenth century Ancoats Hospital, and is an impressive survivor in an area that has lost most of its historic buildings. 

Tuesday 8 September, 2015

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