In 1989 some 50 acres of Ancoats were designated a conservation area, which led to the compulsory purchase of many buildings, including the mill complex, in an attempt to force landlords to take care of our heritage.
But where now for the area? Will Ancoats go the way of Castlefields becoming home to the employers of the workers rather than the workers themselves. Or will Ancoats retain its social and architectural roots?
As the development work continues we can only wait and see.