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New dawn for oldest working factory in the world

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Evans Vettori has won planning permission for this £1.4 million visitor centre at the John Smedley knitwear mill near Matlock in Derbyshire

Lea Mills in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site is the oldest continuously working factory in the world at 225 years and still home to the famous John Smedley brand.

The scheme, which features a stainless steel mesh ‘veil’, is part of a larger masterplan for the site which is also being drawn up by the Matlock-based practice.

Evans Vettori's proposed visitor centre at Lea Mills - section

Evans Vettori’s proposed visitor centre at Lea Mills - section

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  • -This project has handled a challenging brief and site very thoughtfully.
    - Also I would like to read, what the Architect thinks about this project, his design process of this challenging site.

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