£11m Leeds Mill conversion now underway

£11m Leeds Mill conversion now underway

Building consultancy Powell Williams has been appointed by developer Khalsmith Developments to oversee the creation of 89 new one- and two-bedroom apartments at the site in Low Lane.

Horsforth Mill was originally constructed in 1904 and operated as a textile factory.

The building, which lies within the Horsforth, Cragghill and Woodside Conservation Area, was later extended and used as office accommodation, although it has been vacant for a number of years.

Demolition of the 1960s extension and outbuildings has already been completed and refurbishment of the original mill has now begun, along with construction of two new-build sections.

Paul Scourfield, Powell Williams partner and head of the Leeds office, said: "Horsforth Mill has lain empty for a number of years and previous works have not been sympathetic, so it was in a sorry state.

“This project will revitalise the building and bring it back into use, giving it a new lease of life and protecting it for the future.

"This project has seen the removal of the mid-century additions which had no historic value and are now being replaced with well-thought-out, carefully designed new build sections.

“We are protecting and restoring the historic parts and the team has worked closely with local conservation officers over the design and materials."

Internally, the mill building will be stripped to allow for modern electrics, plumbing and other services to be installed. Once complete, the site will house a total of 34 apartments.

A five-storey new build directly adjacent to the existing mill will be constructed and feature 50 apartments over an under-croft parking area, and a separate two-storey building on the other side of the courtyard will house the final five apartments.

Car parking and the central courtyard will provide a total of 115 spaces and there will be secure storage for up to 28 bikes.

The scheme was designed by West and Matchell Architects with Timothy Stowler engineering consultants, and work is being carried out by main contractor Landstock Developments (Northern).

The project is expected to be completed by June.

Published: 23 January 2018

Article by Chris Middleton
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