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November 22 2017

Future looks rosy for historic Dumfries mill
A landmark mill currently languishing on the buildings at risk register has been saved for future generations to enjoy after a local conservation group secured the necessary funding to save it.

Rosefield Mill has been taken on by Dumfries Historic Building Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund with a view to stave off the threat of demolition and bring the building back into use.

The brick and sandstone former woollen mill sits alongside the River Nith and with the allocation of funds from Dumfries and Galloway Council Purcell Architects will now progress a three-month consultation into possible re-uses.

Purcell partner Niall Phillips said, “This building is a rare gem. Dumfries is so lucky. Its location, its exuberant style, its sheer size give this project a huge advantage. Great things can happen here.”

A business plan confirming the viability of any chosen scheme will be prepared by Michael Booth of Clare Consulting.

Photography by Martin Kerr and Ryan Nocher
Conservation specialists Purcell will retain the character of the building
Conservation specialists Purcell will retain the character of the building
The B-listed mill complex was built in a Venetian style
The B-listed mill complex was built in a Venetian style

2 Comments

BigDeek
#1 Posted by BigDeek on 24 Nov 2017 at 15:33 PM
I'm Dumfries born and bred and in my 40s. This building has been empty and in disrepair my entire life. It has such huge potential and, because of its size and location, such potential impact that its hard to imagine a project in the entire town that could be more significant. Its absolutely great news, I just hope something of the quality the location deserves is done.
Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 25 Nov 2017 at 12:02 PM
Brilliant news. What a gorgeous building.

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