Ambitious plans to refurbish Grade II listed Warwick Mill to create new homes and breathe life into an important building and part of Middleton’s history have been drawn up.
Warwick Mill has recently changed ownership and the new owners, Kam Lei Fong (UK) Ltd, have been working with Rochdale Borough Council over the last 9 months to develop proposals to redevelop the site.
The plans will form the cornerstone of a new masterplan for Middleton town centre focusing on delivering new homes, business space, highway and environmental improvements, and new walking and cycle routes to pave the way for the planned extension of the Metrolink into Middleton town centre.
After years of council lobbying to create a new line to the town, the plan to link Middleton with Greater Manchester’s Metrolink system was included in the GM Transport Strategy 2040. The GM Mayor requested Transport for Greater Manchester accelerate its plans to bring trams to Middleton as part of the regeneration of the town.
The exciting plans for the listed mill are showcased in newly released Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). They present plans to create a central atrium that will open up the mill and provide light and space in a high-quality environment for residents to socialise.
The adjacent external area plans to be opened up for commercial, food and drink uses, with new publicly accessible open spaces.
The plans will see the demolition of the derelict London House to bring forward a new high-quality residential development, integrated with the mill.
The mill’s owners have been working with Rochdale Borough Council and Historic England to create a scheme that sympathetically restores the mill and delivers new development to achieve a viable scheme. This work has informed designs that will go out for public consultation prior to the plans being submitted to the council.
Speaking on the new plans, the owners of Warwick Mill, Kam Lei Fong (UK) Ltd, said: “We are committed to regenerating the site, and have already secured the site. We anticipate launching a public engagement exercise in May when the scheme is more settled with a consultation website and leaflets drop to nearby properties. We want to start what we hope will be a positive conversation with the local community around what is an exciting development for Middleton. We propose to submit a full planning application in June 2022.”
This announcement is the latest investment into Middleton, which has also benefitted from the multi-million pound regeneration of many of its historic sites in recent years, including a series of properties designed by the late architect Edgar Wood, the exedra in Jubilee Park, the Sam Bamford monument and the Long Street Methodist School. Earlier in the year a £220,000 project to create a brand new cycling and walking facility in the Middleton conservation area started.