First show flat in the former 19th century Twerton mill opens this week
The £16.6m scheme, developed by McLaren Property Ltd and delivered byBristol-based Midas Construction, will include 330 student bedrooms within a complex that comprises cluster flats, studio flats, shared town houses and individual rooms. Other facilities will include a gym, games room, laundry rooms, cycle stands and landscaped grounds.
Twerton Mill was originally home to a cloth manufacturing company called Wilkin’s which dominated the area in the 19thcentury and made military uniforms during World War I.
The mill buildings have been derelict for many years, however, according to Midas Construction, the scheme is designed to regenerate the site, while reflecting the industrial heritage of the area. The old mill wall and the gates to the mill buildings are being retained, and the new-build elements of the project created to a contemporary design but employing traditional materials.
“The contemporary design of the new development also manages to pay homage to the rich industrial heritage of the site, with many traditional materials employed in the construction of the new buildings,” said Alan Hope, Chief Executive at The Midas Group.
Gerry Curran, ward member for Twerton and Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Development Control Committee, added: “This project is significant because it is an old industrial site that is being brought back in to use in a very exciting way. It’s important that regeneration projects reflect our heritage, not just Georgian Bath, but Victorian Bath as well, and these buildings certainly pick up on that.”
Work began on site at the historic former mill in May 2014, and the new complex is due to be completed in August 2015 in time for the new academic year.