Hopwood Hall in Middleton, Manchester could be transformed into a 22-bedroom conference centre if a £13million plan submitted by Hopwood Hall College goes ahead. Hopwood Hall College, its campus occupies former land by the site, is proposing to redevelop the house and chapel and is submitting a bid for Heritage Lottery funding next month. Hopwood Hall is a Grade II-listed property but it is currently derelict.

Although very dilapidated Hopwood Hall still retains its medieval features and Jacobean panelling plus a bedroom in which Lord Byron slept. They rub shoulders with graffiti from the 1970s and 1980s, when part of the hall was used as a disco.