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FCBS’ Shrewsbury Flax Mill scheme bags lottery funding

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ (FCBS) £52 million Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings redevelopment in Shrewsbury has won Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) backing

The 120-home heritage-led mixed-use redevelopment has received £465,300 worth of development funding from the HLF.

The practice has been working on the project as strategic advisors and architects to English Heritage and Shropshire Council since 2003. The scheme won planning in November 2010.

FCBS lead architect Geoff Rich said: ‘The challenge of bringing Ditherington Flax Mill Maltings into the twenty first century is both exciting and demanding.

‘The pioneering technology within historic iron framed buildings presents unique challenges in conservation, repair and re-use. However we’re convinced that these amazing historic buildings can be the centrepiece of a truly inspirational new place which will boost the regional economy and make a real difference to the lives of local people.’

Reyahn King, head of HLF West Midlands, said: ‘Ditherington Flax Mill is of international importance, reflecting a time when Britain led the way in engineering innovation.

‘As an early prototype for contemporary architecture, the mill was a forerunner of the skyscrapers that are now such a familiar backdrop to city life.  The Heritage Lottery Fund is pleased to be giving its initial support for phase one of Shropshire Council’s wider plans which have the potential to transform the site into a centre for learning, leisure and social enterprise.’

The 1797 maltings features four Grade I-listed structures and was one of 10 key ‘at risk’ in industrial buildings identified by English Heritage in October.

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