The upper floors have been converted into open plan office space for small creative businesses. Building 17 has since been removed from Historic England’s ‘Buildings at risk register’.
The creative media centre on the upper floors will reflect the County Council and Development Agency research, consisting of small office suites with a central first floor reception facility, shared meeting rooms and other supporting accommodation.
The adaptive reuse of this building, which incorporates respectful and reversible interventions, addressed problems of contamination with innovative research. The result is a building with a social function that offers the perfect gateway to the World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley Mills.
The ground floor of Building 17 is now a welcoming visitor centre with interactive exhibitions and a holographic projection of Sir Richard Arkwright who enlightens visitors about his pioneering factory system.
The design of the interiors had a clean finish with a simple colour palette. The steel and timber staircase provides a link to the site’s industrial heritage and the staircase design was as compact as possible whilst keeping it easy to use for customers.