Cromford Mills in Derbyshire is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has repositioned itself into a historic complex with an important social function.
Purcell was commissioned to create a strategic masterplan focused on transforming ‘Building 17’ within the complex into a multi-use space.
Since completion, Cromford Mills has achieved an Europa Nostra Conservation Award and was a finalist in the Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place at Historic England’s 2018 Awards.
Constructed by Sir Richard Arkwright, Cromford Mills is the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill. We transformed ‘Building 17’ for new use, reordered Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe on Cromford Canal and undertook essential repairs to the internal and external fabric of both buildings to ensure their environmental and social sustainability.
We converted the upper floors into open plan office spaces and designed a creative media centre on the upper floors (consisting of small office suites with a central first floor reception and meeting rooms) to reflect the County Council and Development Agency’s research.
As the complex employs over 45 companies, our design has created spacious work and break-out areas for individuals to productively work and relax.
Our conversion of the disused upper floor has increased the building’s capacity. It was also redecorated, reordered and designed with a clean finish and simple colour palette to create a light contemporary interior, whilst our addition of a steel and timber staircase references the site’s industrial past.