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The Linotype Works building, 2004. Trafford Local Studies Collection, cat. ref. TL6024. 

In 2001 the company still existed, manufacturing machinery such as printing presses and stitching machines. As sales fell, the company structure was altered. The company at Broadheath was divided into separate groups, each responsible for different products. Eventually these smaller groups closed down or moved away from the area.

In March 2004 the main office block of the Linotype works on Woodfield Road was listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 for its special architectural or historic interest.

An application was made for the redevelopment of the site in 2013. The plan aimed to keep the existing Linotype office building as offices, with construction of apartments and houses on the rest of the site. The plans were eventually approved in 2015, with the Matrix Building facade retained.

A number of small businesses still operate from the L & M Business Park.

On 4 October 2016, Altrincham Today reported:

The first release of houses on a new development on the site of the former Linotype building in Broadheath sold out within hours of coming on sale on Saturday – with some buyers camping overnight to be first in line. Housebuilder Morris Homes is carrying out a ‘sympathetic renovation’ of the site of the iconic former Linotype and Machinery Company factory, which dates back to 1897. The Grade II listed building is being converted into apartments, with a number of two and three bedroom mews homes, and three and four bedroom detached properties being built on adjoining land.

The Visit Manchester website proposes the Linotype Estate as a tourist destination:

The recreational facilties are no longer (sic), but for those interested in architecture or social history a walk around the estate's streets, which form a conservation area, is rewarding. Please remember that the properties are now in private ownership. The roads forming the estate comprise: Lawrence Road, Lock Road, Pollen Road, Bemrose Avenue, Place Road and Weldon Road.

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