News: Powell Williams oversees £11m historic mill conversion for Khalsmith Developments
The residential conversion of Horsforth Mill in Leeds is
underway, creating 89 new one- and two-bedroom apartments at the
site in Low Lane. As historic building specialists, and with
extensive experience of project managing multi-million pound new
build and refurbishment projects, Powell Williams has been
appointed oversee the scheme by Khalsmith Developments.
The first images have now been released of
how the building will look once the project completes later this
Originally a textile factory:
Horsforth Mill was built in 1904. The building, which lies
within the Horsforth, Cragghill and Woodside Conservation Area, was
later extended and used as office accommodation, but has been
vacant for a number of years.
Extensive refurbishment and
Demolition of the 1960s extension and outbuildings has
already been completed. Refurbishment of the original mill has
begun along with construction of two new build sections. Car
parking and the central courtyard will provide a total of 115
parking spaces and there will be secure storage for up to 28
The project will see the landmark mill brought back to life
after several years' lying vacant, to house a total of 34
apartments. Internally, little remains of the original fixtures and
fittings, so the building will be stripped to allow for modern
electrics, plumbing and other services to be installed.
Externally the stonework will be cleaned and the iconic tower
restored. The windows and the roof will be replaced and a new
glazed stairwell created. Finally, a single storey upwards
extension will house the nine two-bedroom penthouse apartments.
Two sympathetically-designed new builds will complete the
scheme, clad in a stone to complement the original mill. A
five-storey new build directly adjacent to the existing mill will
house 50 apartments over an under-croft parking area, while a
separate two-storey building on the other side of the courtyard
will house the final five apartments.
Paul Scourfield, Powell Williams
partner and head of the Leeds office, said:
"Horsforth Mill has lain empty for a number of years and
previous works have not been sympathetic, so it was in a sorry
state. This project will revitalise the building and bring it back
into use, giving it a new lease of life and protecting it for the
"This project has seen the removal of the mid-century additions
which had no historic value, which are now being replaced with
well-thought-out, carefully designed new build sections. We are
protecting and restoring the historic parts and the team has worked
closely with local conservation officers over the design and
materials. We're pleased to have a scheme that will not only look
great and pay homage to the original landmark building, but that
will also provide high quality new homes for local people."
The scheme was designed by West and Matchell Architects
with Timothy Stowler engineering consultants, and work is being
carried out by main contractor Landstock Developments (Northern)
Limited. The project is expected to be complete by June 2018.
Horsforth was named one of the Sunday Times UK's best places to
live in a national poll recently, thanks to its attractive and
vibrant town centre, excellent schools, and a warm community
For further information regarding this project contact Adam Farrer or Paul