Radical surgery to transform a Borders mill into a mountain bike hub
June 14 2022
A B-listed Borders mill dating from 1788, the last textile mill to remain operational in the town, has been chosen to host a £13m mountain bike hub to develop cycling products and train athletes.
Caerlee Mill in Innerleithen is to be transformed at the hands of Oberlanders Architects who propose to augment the core mill with new build additions to meet the accommodation brief.
Centred on the core of Brodie's Mill and a later 19th-century extension the plan would focus on aligning levels with new concrete floors introduced throughout. New wall linings, replacement windows and a steel frame roof to bring thermal performance up to modern standards.
New additions include contemporary extensions to the boiler house to provide a maker lab and test track with a standalone circulation core offset from the mill by light touch glazing. Works will transform a service yard into a vehicle-free pedestrian and cycle space with facing ground floor mill buildings glazed to act as shop fronts.
A series of warehouse extensions have already been demolished by Whiteburn as part of an enabling residential development to the south and west which is now complete.
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