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Report - Midland Mills, Bradford - August '11

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by tweek, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. tweek

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    Midland Mills, Bradford - August '11

    Visited with fishbrain.

    An oldy... but a goody!

    Built in 1871, Midland Mills is a two-acre site with three Grade II listed buildings. British Mohair Holdings were the last occupiers of the site and before that, a hand-knitting wool manufacturer called Jarol. It has been vacant since 2001.

    During our visit we found countless examples of people living in the buildings, as well as sections used for skating and graffiti (some of which was pretty good if i'm honest). Needless to say the majority of the interior is in a very poor condition, which for such a beautiful structure, is very frustrating! The Conditioning House next door has some truly fine examples of masonry and is a similar state of disrepair. Bradford City Council really need to pull their finger out on this one before it becomes another of Bradford's irreparable mills.

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    There is, however, a more recently-renovated area that seems more protected. It appeared from documents left in the Office area (and from this article in the Telegraph and Argus dated October 2007 - http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/1790760.how_midland_mill_site_may_look/) that a firm called JM Construction had started to renovate the site (apartments).

    However, the same paper reported three years later in October 2010 that the "...decision on whether to approve Morley-based JM Construction’s renewed planning application to convert Midland Mills ... has been deferred." - which will hardly come as a surprise to the people of Bradford as it seems that this is the status for most of the City Centre! Incidentally, Bradford has in the region of 50 derelict mills.

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    Thanks for viewing,
    tweek

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