ctd architects are proud to have been awarded the Derby Civic Society ‘George Larkin Brighter City’ award for the West Mill Darley Abbey project.

Chris Hesketh, Architect Director at Leek based ctd architects, said “We are delighted to receive this prestigious acknowledgement of our involvement in the creative re-use of these internationally important late-18th Century Grade I Listed, UNESCO World Heritage Site, complex of  historic buildings on the River Derwent, and must congratulate the client for their vision and determination in the delivery of an exciting and sustainable new use for these formally redundant cotton mills.”

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The project involved the change of use and conversion of largely redundant, Grade I Listed, historic cotton spinning mill buildings within the Darley Abbey Mills ‘complex’, located to the north of Derby city centre beside the River Derwent.

Creating a high quality hospitality/wedding venue and high quality office accommodation, the mills form part of a complete collection of surviving buildings representing an important part of Derbyshire’s industrial architectural history and a key component of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Working closely with English Heritage and Derby City Council the project required a careful and considered approach through material choice and attention to detail to maintain visually the function and scale of the historic working floor space, the buildings original architectural character, and their heritage value; to ensure its future sustainability and conservation for generations to come.

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