Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

In Brief

Historic England


Construction Value:
£23,000,000 (current phase)


This project deals with the repair and adaptive re-use of an outstanding group of historic buildings in Shrewsbury, which includes the oldest surviving cast iron framed buildings in the world.

FCBStudios have been acting as Strategic Advisors and Architects to client Historic England (formerly English Heritage) since 2003.

The aim of the project is to work with the local community and other key stakeholders to develop a vibrant centre for living, working, social enterprise and leisure, all as part of a wider mixed-use development for the site and economic regeneration of this area of the town. 

Proposals by FCBStudios are designed to provide an exemplar of how modern technology and engineering innovation can be applied to these prototype heritage buildings, complementing and preserving their special character.

Planning and Listed Building Consents for the Masterplan and for a core range of the historic buildings, listed at Grade I and II* were successfully achieved in 2016. The Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded £11.7m of funding, allowing the main historic buildings on site to be repaired and brought back into use. A first phase of work, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund was completed in 2015.  


Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

"Nobody passing a scruffy, half-derelict industrial estate on the outskirts of Shrewsbury would imagine that one of the battered, red-brick structures is the ancestor of today's skyscrapers - the first iron-framed building in the world."

Maev Kennedy
The Guardian

“Ditherington Flax Mill is an outstanding building of international importance and one of the most significant monuments of the Industrial Revolution” Sir Neil Cossons
Chairman of English Heritage

“It is one of those rare structures that changed the world of construction and design. With its revolutionary iron frame it was the predecessor of the modern skyscraper” Sir Neil Cossons
Chairman of English Heritage