Refurbishment & Conversion of the Domestic Finishing Mill, Anchor Mills, Paisley
Built in 1886, this Category ‘A’-Listed industrial building closed as a working concern in the 1980’s and progressively fell into a serious state of disrepair by reason of neglect, vandalism and the extreme effects of the Scottish climate to the extent that demolition became a realistic concern.
James F Stephen Architects first became involved in this project in 1995 and developed design and restoration proposals to assist in saving this magnificent building by finding a new and sustainable use. It was only after the establishment of an innovative, collaborative and flexible partnership was formed in 2002 involving Safeway as the owners of the property, the Prince of Wales’s Phoenix Trust, Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire, Historic Scotland and Persimmon Homes that the project was driven forward as a positive and enthusiastic initiative.
The project comprised of restoration, repair works and replacement works to polychromatic facing brick, stonework, leadwork, windows, cast / wrought iron structural frame, concrete floors and glazed internal atrium. Work included the conversion of the Mill to create 60 luxury apartments, 25,000ft2 business space and dedicated internal car parking facilities.
The Domestic Finishing Mill is a rare and spectacular survivor of the 19th Century glory days of Scotland’s international, entrepreneurial and manufacturing history. It remains eloquent of the economic confidence which developed the form of Paisley almost 200 years ago, standing at the heart of the town, testifying to the longevity and flexibility of the team that has secured its future.
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