A £20.7m funding grant from The National Lottery has enabled construction work to commence on the restoration of the Grade I listed Main Mill and Grade II listed Kiln at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings along with landscaping and a new car park. The work will conserve and renew the existing buildings to create an interpretation, learning and café space on the ground floor, to be managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, and four floors of commercial office space above.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the world’s oldest iron-framed building, the ‘ancestor’ of modern-day steel-framed skyscrapers. Alongside the construction a programme of hands-on training opportunities will be offered, promoting conservation, traditional construction and heritage interpretation.
Tim Greensmith, associate at FCBStudios said ‘We are immensely proud that the partnership of Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Shropshire Council and the Friends of Flaxmill Maltings has achieved this critical step towards saving this great building and kick-starting regeneration in northern Shrewsbury.’