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City Centre Living For Listed Mill

A listed mill at the heart of Bradford’s conservation area will be redeveloped to accommodate city centre living, following full conditional planning approval and listed building consent facilitated by Martin Walsh Architectural (MWA).

Ground, first and basement level office space on Duke Street, formerly Gordons Solicitors, will be converted into apartments on behalf of Blackshaw Holdings.

Duke Street, Bradford

James Whipp, Architectural Technician at Martin Walsh Architectural, comments: “Obtaining planning approval for listed buildings within a conservation area is never easy. It requires proposals that are appropriate to the existing structure and environment. Key elements must be unchanged, and alterations must be appropriate and not detrimental to the building.

“In this instance, upper levels of the mill have already been converted. As the client only owned a portion of the building, restrictions around ventilation and drainage were applied, and traditional wall and ceiling extracts were not allowed.”

Designing workable apartment layouts in a unique-shaped building has been integral to the project’s success. Furthermore, minimum space standards had to be achieved with sufficient natural light throughout the development.

James concludes: “Our goal is always to see a building work harder. Not only will this considered conversion see large vacant space fully utilised, but more apartments will help to support the local shops and services.”

"Obtaining planning approval for listed buildings within a conservation area is never easy. It requires proposals that are appropriate to the existing structure and environment. Key elements must be unchanged, and alterations must be appropriate and not detrimental to the building.

James Whipp

Architectural Technologist and BIM Champion