Transformation starts for landmark Lancashire mill

A Victorian mill, which has lain empty for nearly seven years and has been identified as one of English Heritage’s listed buildings at risk, is moving towards a bright new future.

Brierfield MillPendle Council successfully negotiated to buy the empty mill for £1.5m in March 2012 thanks to a 100 per cent grant from the government’s Homes And Communities Agency.

The mill was transferred to the council’s company Pendle Enterprise And Regeneration Limited (PEARL), which has been set up with our joint venture partner, local developer Barnfield Investment Properties.

Now PEARL is launching the mill with a new name, Northlight, and an ambitious masterplan by David Morley Architects, London.

The plans include the conversion of the mill buildings into a hotel and apartments along with restaurants, gallery and retail space and the development of an activity centre.

Rooftop apartments and a public rooftop area are also proposed, where visitors and residents can enjoy views of Pendle Hill.

Pendle Council’s Leader, councillor Joe Cooney, said: "Completing the masterplan and choosing a new name are important first steps. They’re vital in attracting businesses, entrepreneurs and funding organisations to transform the mill. It has huge potential to become a vibrant new working, living and cultural quarter of regional significance."

Tim Webber, managing director of Barnfield who is also a member of the PEARL Board said: “David Morley Architects’ masterplan has been designed in a way which is sensitive to the Mill’s history. But it also includes striking contemporary features which will make this a thriving new destination for the whole region.”