studios for artists and creative businesses


All our studios are secure and warm and make the most of the natural symmetry and light of Hope Mill. Many of our studios have stunning views over the surrounding area of Ancoats and the Ashton Canal, and onwards to Manchester city centre and The Pennines. It’s a great place to soak up some inspiration! Each studio is self-contained with high, vaulted ceilings, 2m high windows, central heating, smoke detectors and sprinklers and everyone has access to our superfast free WiFi service. We encourage all residents to personalise their studios, meaning when it comes to putting your stamp on your space virtually anything goes (as long as it can be reversed by future residents). A lot of people do their best work in quiet, private spaces so it’s very easy for AWOLites to close their doors and immerse themselves in their own worlds. Each floor has its own toilets and communal area which are regularly cleaned and there is 24 hour access, 7 days a week so whenever the mood seizes you, you can make the most of it! Our only restriction (and as much as we want you to feel at home) is please don’t use AWOL as your main residence!


Each of our 4 floors are interconnected and can be accessed by both the passenger lift and the goods lift. Hope Mill has its own large, free car park and is easily reached by public transport – we’re 300m from New Islington Metrolink station (1 stop from Piccadilly train station), are served by many bus routes and are only a 10 minute walk down the canal to the city centre.


Unless agreed otherwise your studio is let on a rolling month by month licence. This means there are no fixed terms and your licence runs indefinitely, offering you maximum flexibility. We have kept the licence as simple as possible and it must be signed on or before the day you move in. The licence fee must be paid in advance on the 1st of each month by Bacs, online payment or standing order. The licence fee covers use of your designated studio and the common areas on all floors occupied by AWOL at Hope Mill. It includes electricity, business rates, water rates, central heating, cleaning of toilets and common areas, waste removal, buildings and public liability insurance and free use of the Wi-Fi service provided by Telcom. Contents insurance is the only service not included in your licence fee.

To secure a studio which is offered to to you, you must send us a deposit equivalent to one month’s licence fee, held until you leave. We may ask for proof of identification and address.

If you wish to leave AWOL then you must give us at least one month’s notice in writing or by email before the end of the month you want to leave in (your moving out date will always be the last day of the month). If all payments are up to date and so long as you leave your studio undamaged, clean and tidy, with all rubbish and goods removed, your deposit will be returned within 7 working days of your leaving date.


Hope Mill,
113 Pollard Street,
Manchester M4 7JA
© AWOL Studios.
Registered in England and Wales.
Company No. 07394568
Design by
Candoo Creative
Photography by
Richard Tymon