Stonebridge Mills

Project Overview

Project: Listed mill refurbishment with associated housing
Client: Caddick Construction
Size: 132,500 sq ft new residential
Status: The project is currently under construction as in week 22 of the three year programme . (RIBA stage 5)

The Commission

The scheme involves the construction of 82 new build dwellings and 30 dwellings within the existing mill and auxiliary buildings. Stonebridge Mills is the last complete cotton mill in Leeds, part of which is Grade II Listed. The site is of great historical interest therefore great care has been taken to retain as much existing detail as possible.

The client approached S+SA with an idea for the scheme in November 2017, envisaging a fully residential occupancy within the refurbished mill buildings and the new-build homes accompanied by associated amenities.

As a number of the collection of buildings are Grade II Listed, careful consideration was taken into how the mill’s magnificent features were to be retained, or in some cases reinstated. S+SA worked closely with the council to create effective residential spaces while highlighting key aspects of the mills. Along with the construction works, an art piece has been commissioned using the presses and intricate equipment to exhibit the technology of the time.

Located adjacent to the Low Wortley ring road (A6110), the site has great connections into and out of the city. As well as providing an assortment of residential typologies, the development is also furnished with a re-invigorated pond and landscaped areas to sustain and encourage the wildlife in the area.

Our Input

S+SA’s involvement has been from the initial design stage through planning and we are currently working on the construction stage. Our first involvement in the project was in 2016, when the site was acquired for commercial use.

Our Value

The many facets of this development make it very complex, but our close involvement with the contractor, client and local authority mean that we are able to create spaces that balance the heritage of the site with the needs required for a contemporary dwelling to create a homogenous scheme for life and play. (images courtesy of Chris Lomax, RIOT, Leeds)

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"S+SA have been involved with design proposals for the re-development of the Stonebridge Mills site in Wortley, Leeds for some years. Working closely with our client and the Local Authority planning and conservation teams, plans for the site which extends to 3.6 hectares have been granted planning permission and works have now commenced on site".

Project Manager - Stonebridge Mills

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