Derelict for many years, Historic England is working with partners to restore Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings - a remarkable piece of the industrial revolution - and make it a place that everyone can be proud to live, work and play in. Stage 2 of the project will complete in 2021.
|Historic England took leadership of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings restoration in March 2014. Stage 2 of the project is due to complete in 2021. Among the site’s eight listed buildings is the Main Mill (1797) – the world's first iron-framed building, which paved the way for the modern skyscraper. It is one of the most important buildings of the industrial revolution.
So far, the Office and Stables have been converted for use by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings as an interactive visitor centre and education facility. The partnership is now restoring the 1797 Grade I listed Main Mill and 1898 Grade II listed Kiln from 1898. When complete, the second stage of the project will:
• Remove the Main Mill from the Heritage at Risk Register
• Create interpretation and learning space on the ground floor, to be managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings
• Create a café for members of the public
• Create four floors of space for commercial use
• Create circulation space in the Kiln for commercial tenants
• Provide a landscaped car park with improved accessibility
A heritage skills programme, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, is using the site itself as a tool for learning during the construction works.