BRIDGE 5 MILL
Bridge 5 Mill is Manchester’s first, (and only!) Centre for Sustainable Living. This converted silk mill in Ancoats provides a focal point for debate and action around sustainability. As well as providing conference and meetings rooms the centre also has an exhibition area and a sustainability library and MERCi runs its own eco training and workshops in the Mill. It is also home to a range of social enterprises, charities and campaign groups all working to create a sustainable world.
The Mill was refurbished with reclaimed and recycled materials, eco paints, no pvc, water saving and low energy fittings; with the help of volunteers and New Deal apprentices. It is one of Manchester’s most sustainable buildings and Manchester Civic Society acknowledged this in 2001 when Bridge 5 Mill won the award of Manchester’s most energy efficient building.