Coronavirus Update

The team at Bridge 5 Mill would like to send our thoughts to everyone at this difficult time.

We are now operating with greatly reduced opening hours

If you need to contact us the best way to do this is to email us on info[at] We are checking our email every day during office hours.

We are looking at how we can support the community best at this time, if you think we might be able to help, or know of someone we could help, please email us on info[at] (please do not come in).

Stay safe and healthy, and support each other where you can.

Best wishes all the Bridge 5 Mill Team..


Our unique conference and meeting rooms provide distinctive, individual and functional spaces for conferences, meetings, workshops or events. We pride ourselves on our customer service and we will work with you from planning through to delivery, to ensure that your event runs smoothly.

Conference Space

Our versatile Conference Room has capacity for up to 100 people. It has light streaming in through skylights and large windows on three sides. The ceiling is high and oak beamed, the walls are the distinctive red brick of Manchester mills, and the recycled wooden floor was once to be found in a school gym! All combine to give the space a warm and friendly feel.

Photos are for example only. The room comes with rectangular tables included, round tables incur a furniture hire charge.

Full Day:
09.00 – 17.00
Private / Statutory: £360
Charity/Voluntary: £280
Half Day:
09.00 – 12.45 / 13.15 – 17.00
Private / Statutory: £200
Charity/Voluntary: £160
Prices vary for out of hours and weekends, please get in touch!

Prices Exclude VAT
100 Theatre

80 Cabaret

Canal Side Room

One side of this room looks out over the Ashton Canal. During the Spring and Summer boats pass slowly by the windows. It is perfect for workshops, training sessions and larger board meetings.

Full Day:
09.00 – 17.00
Private / Statutory: £240
Charity/Voluntary: £200
Half Day:
09.00 – 12.45 / 13.15 – 17.00
Private / Statutory: £130
Charity/Voluntary: £110
Prices vary for out of hours and weekends, please get in touch!

Prices Exclude VAT
30 Theatre

25 Workshop

16 Boardroom

Small Meeting Room

**Apologies this room is not currently available to hire.**

Our small meeting room with its reclaimed parquet flooring and passive ventilation is perfect for one to one meetings, and meetings of up to 8 people boardroom style.

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00
£5 Per Hour
For out of hours bookings, please get in touch for prices and availability.

Prices Exclude VAT
8 Boardroom

Exhibition Space

Our Exhibition Space is a casual meeting and relaxing space which features exhibitions throughout the year. It also forms the perfect backdrop to lunch, or for use as a breakout space for conferences.

The table tennis table and hammock can be removed so that your conference guests do not get distracted!

Due to the unique style of this room the capacity and price varies depending on the use. Please get in touch with us for more information.

We are always interested to hear from artists and crafts people who would like to exhibit their work in our Exhibition Space, particularly if it has an environmental, local or social justice theme.

Exhibitions are free or low cost to the exhibitor, Monday – Friday, 09.00 – 17.00. If the exhibition is to be open at weekends there may be a staffing charge.

If you would like to hold your exhibition at Bridge 5 Mill please do get in touch with Michelle on 0161 273 1736.
Due to the unique style of this room the capacity varies depending on the use. Please get in touch with us for more information.


Our building has a community feel and we encourage our tenants to get to know each other and to collaborate on projects. We also hold social and networking events, such as our Summer barbecue and regular drinks and games nights.

Our Reception is open weekdays from 09.00 – 17.00 to greet your guests, take delivery of postal items and offers printing and equipment hire or loan.

All tenants have the use of our Exhibition Space for informal meetings, it features exhibitions throughout the year, a table tennis table and a hammock for relaxed working. Our roof garden is the perfect location for a relaxing lunch or small informal meeting

Our tenants share our values and our ethos and work in the areas of people and planet. They are charities, campaign groups, cooperatives and small businesses. If you think that your organisation or company would like to be part of a value driven and friendly community get in touch!


Bridge 5 Mill dos not currently have any offices available. If you would like us to let you know when we do have an office available please complete the form below.

As a sustainable building we have a number of different policies around sustainability and ethical operations in place. Office space is available to organisations who can demonstrate that their work falls within our aims and we ask that tenants respect our policies. A copy of our Sustainability Policy can be downloaded here.

Ideal Moving in Date
E.g., 11/08/2022

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If you would like to discuss anything relating to our offices please ring Michelle on 0161 273 1736



General Enquiries

Room Bookings

If you would like to use Bridge 5 Mill for your event, conference, exhibition or meeting get in touch by clicking on the button below and filling out the form.


The Mill

Opening Hours

  • Monday - Friday 09:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday - By Appointment
  • Sunday - By Appointment


Bridge 5 Mill was refurbished using as many sustainable building practices and materials as possible. In line with this ethos there are lots of recycled and repurposed items around the mill; our reception top is a piece of slate that used to be the top of a snooker table, from the times the building was the Ancoats Lads Club, and our bins are made from leftover metal from the roof of the Lowry Theatre in Salford. For more information on our sustainable features at the mill click on the images below. We also manage the building day-to-day with the environment in mind. You can find out more about how we do this in our sustainability policy.


Bridge 5 Mill Centre for Sustainable Living is a hub and resource for groups, organisations and individuals working towards a more sustainable future, by this we mean a future that is greener, safer, healthier and equitable.

We aim to be an example of how it is possible to work in a sustainable, collaborative and ethical way. The refurbishment of Bridge 5 Mill was undertaken using as many sustainable materials and building practices as possible and we consider our environmental impact in the day to day management of the building. To see our full Sustainability policy click here.

Our conference and meeting rooms are hired out on a sliding scale; private and statutory organisations who hire our spaces at a commercial rate play a large part in our being able to subsidise charities, community and campaign groups to use them at a price they can afford. Some private companies use us for their conferences and as a training or staff away-day venue as part of their fulfilment of their Corporate Social Responsibility Objectives.

We are a Living Wage Employer (LOGO) and seek to procure goods and services from other companies who also pay a Living Wage.

As well as providing conference and meeting rooms, we have a number of offices and are home to a range of charities, campaign organisations and social enterprises. We offer affordable rent and meeting spaces, and also provide reception support, as well as staff members giving business, accountancy and campaigning advice. Through this we aim to build a supportive, collaborative co- working environment. The mill is owned by the environmental charity the Fairfield Environment Trust (FET). All profits we make go back into the trust to further their aims. These include supporting other charities, campaign groups, social enterprises and cooperatives through grants and advice.
Bridge 5 Mill was established and refurbished by a dedicated group of people who had a vision for a centre in Manchester which could be a hub and a resource for groups, organisations and individuals working on environmental and social issues, that would be a base and also an example of these ideas in action. Two of those people, Helen Woodcock and Chris Walsh, are still involved today. The original project was called the Manchester Environmental Resource Centre Initiative (MERCi) and was established in 1996 as an independent charity.

MERCi found and purchased Bridge 5 Mill and refurbished it with the help of grants from the European Regional Development Fund, a private trust, The National Lottery Community Fund and the Esme Fairburn Trust, and later the Tudor Trust and Comic Relief.

The Mill was refurbished using many reclaimed and recycled materials, eco paints, no pvc, water saving measures and low energy fittings; New Deal apprentices from the local community, 'Building on Equality' participants (a green construction course for lone parent women) and many volunteers, led by professional craftspeople who shared their skills. When it opened it was 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. After the initial refurbishment of Bridge 5 Mill, MERCi focused on three key areas of project work: community, education and enterprise.
Sustaining Change: a project which offered specialist support to businesses, to help them implement sustainable practices into their business strategy. The project specialised in benchmarking organisations under eight key areas of sustainability.

The Environment Network For Manchester (EN4M) was formed by MERCi to give a voice to the environmental groups of Manchester. Its’ members were involved in a wide range of activities and issues, from wildlife conservation, renewable energy and pollution, to parks, open spaces, recycling and growing organic food. The Kindling Trust (our sister organisation) still manages the EN4M Facebook group and Bridge 5 Mill actively promotes environmental groups and their activities through our own Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sew Sow: an educational project to use brownfield sites across Ancoats, to grow flax which was processed to create an organic, local, sustainable material. The project culminated in an exhibition by local crafts people who used the yarn and material to make pieces; from wall hangings to bags, sculptures to cushions.

Herbie has been one of the success stories from MERCi. Starting life as a project funded by Manchester Public Health and Target Wellbeing the mobile greengrocer has the aim of providing affordable, fresh fruit and vegetables to residents living in areas of East Manchester with poor access to fresh foods.

Herbie also supplies boxes of fruit to schools and projects, and works closely with sheltered housing, churches, health clinics and resident groups to ensure that it reaches as many people in the local community as possible. After the initial funding period Herbie has been so successful that it has fulfilled its aim to break away from MERCi and become a self-funded social enterprise. Connecting to the local community is also important to us and outreach has included an ‘In Bloom’ competition and assisting local residents to set up and run a community garden. We continue to support local groups by publicising events, hosting fundraisers and offering affordable space for meetings and exhibitions.
In June 2016 MERCi merged with the Fairfield Environment Trust, a local charity who we had been working with unofficially for some time. During the year MERCi was gradually wound down.

Bridge 5 Mill is now a company in itself and is part of the Fairfield Environment Trust group, which also includes Fairfield Environment Services; a waste and recycling company and The Kindling Trust, a not for profit social enterprise with charitable aims, whose current work is based around food (production, consumption and activism) as a vehicle for tackling some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.

Bridge 5 Mill continues to build on our reputation as a hub and resource for local, national and international organisations working in the areas of the environment and sustainability for people and planet.
Does your company have Corporate Social Responsibility aims in the areas of sustainability, the environment or social issues?

Using Bridge 5 Mill for your conference, workshop or event would show your support for our sustainable venue and could fulfil your CSR aims.

Choosing to book one of our rooms means that we are able to offer our spaces at affordable prices to local community and campaign groups and small charities on a low or no cost basis.

When holding your event at Bridge 5 Mill we can also help it be more sustainable through our sustainable and ethical purchasing policy. This includes the catering we provide as well as stationary and other resources needed on the day.

These smiley people are our staff members, Margot (Events and Social Media Assistant), Ingrid (Finance Officer) and Michelle (Manager). They will be here greet you when you visit as they are based in Reception. Say HI to them!