We have loved leading the design on the transformation of Paradise Mill, a building of ‘significant historic interest’, from an empty former silk mill into new homes.
Now we are delighted to share the completed results of our sympathetic refurbishment and conversion of this Grade II Listed old working mill, into 10 sensitively designed apartments.
The five storey building, located on Park Lane in Macclesfield, was built in 1860 and was formerly used as a silk mill by Cartwright & Sheldon, a local silk weaver.
The Grade II Listed brick mill was converted into offices, after Cartwright & Sheldon ceased operating.
The mill stood vacant for two years and was unable to be let as offices, due to changing market conditions and a lack of adequate parking, rendering it unattractive to prospective commercial tenants.
As the building remained vacant for two years, it suffered neglect within that period of time, which sadly resulted in some deterioration of its character.
Protecting and enhancing the character of this heritage asset was of paramount importance to our design process, as well as to safeguard its long term wellbeing.
Lower Paradise Mill, which does not form part of the development, contains a Silk Museum, depicting life in the 1930s.