Contractors will be on site at Ditherington Flax Mill from September to begin Stage one of the project to regenerate the site. Stage one will comprise of the conversion of the office and stables for use by the Friends of the Flax Mills Maltings as a visitor and reception centre, and the demolition of the 1950’s silo providing further external space for cultural, interpretation and public use.
A funding package of £2.6m has been awarded to the project to kick start regeneration. The Department for Communities and Local Government have awarded funding through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the maximum amount of funding requested by English Heritage - £1,169,226. English Heritage will provide the balance of the funds.
Work on the demolition of the silo will start within the next month and is due to be completed by the end of January 2015. Conversion of the office and stables are due for completion by autumn 2015.
The Flax Mill is the world’s first cast-iron framed building and is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper.