Historic England has appointed property consultants, Cushman & Wakefield together with architectural practice, Lathams to investigate potential solutions for bringing vacant textile mills back into use. The project – entitled Securing Active and Sustainable Futures for the West Riding of Yorkshire’s Textile Mills – will examine a number of mills that have been successfully re-purposed and devise proposals for a shortlist of redundant mills across the sub-region. The outputs will be disseminated nationally to share best practice.
Historic England is determined to find new ways to work with owners and local authorities to support the repair and adaptive reuse of these buildings so that they are contribute positively to the character of the area as well as to the local economy once again.
Trevor Mitchell, Yorkshire Planning Director at Historic England says: “The textile mills of West Yorkshire are iconic buildings that people care deeply about. Some of these mills have been brilliantly and creatively converted to places to work, live or socialise. We are working with Cushman & Wakefield to understand how these successful conversions have been achieved and try to find solutions for those mills that need a new purpose to become great landmarks in our region again.”
Stephen Miles, Director of Cushman & Wakefield, adds: “With the combination of market improvement and the renewed appetite in the public sector to invest in property projects, it is a good time to look afresh at the opportunities for bringing these significant buildings back into use. We intend to use this work not only as a benchmark of best practice but also as a stimulus for regeneration of the selected mill projects.”
The exemplar mills being reviewed as positive case studies have been selected and owners contacted. The findings are expected to be available for dissemination in spring 2016.