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Report - Sleaford Bass Maltings, September 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Midnightman, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Midnightman

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    Bad weather cancelled work so i thought a trip to Sleaford was in order. Not done a report for a while so hope you like pictures, at last i got to see the spiral stairs and onto the roof of water tower where i was spotted. I came down to find the same local taking pictures of me. Being wet, cold and hungry i decided to go, missing a few of the buildings next to the main exit.

    The Maltings is a Grade II listed complex built between 1901 and 1907 that consists of nine parallel ranges.
    The central block with its engine house and water tower is flanked by six-storey malthouses on either side containing the Steeps, Kilns and Granaries. It has a total floor space of 500,000 square feet, and occupies a site of 13.3 acres with a frontage almost 1,000 ft long. Internally there is a substantial amount of surviving machinery and fittings relating to the maltings process.

    Associated with the main maltings buildings are the former Mess Rooms. In separate ownership are also the former Company Housing, Cart Shed, Stables, Weigh Office and other ancillary buildings.

    The building overlooks open countryside but it is physically very close to the centre of Sleaford, separated only by the railway line.

    Maltings operations ceased in 1959 and the buildings were subsequently used for poultry farming and vegetable processing. They are now all empty.

    An application in 1982 to demolish the Maltings was refused at appeal in 1984.

    The former Bass Maltings at Sleaford is one of the largest and most spectacular buildings of its type in the United Kingdom.

    It has gone through years of structural and aesthetic alterations, and areas of it are fire damaged beyond repair.

    The leasehold has been acquired by Gladedale Special Projects Ltd, a developer with a track record of regenerating historic buildings. Gladedale, architects Allen Tod and The Prince's Regeneration Trust are working closely with English Heritage and North Kesteven District Council on the project to deliver a well designed and sympathetic development that will rejuvenate the Bass Maltings for future generations.

    In January 2009, applications for Planning and Listed Building Consent were registered by North Kesteven District Council. Proposals include the change of use of the former Bass Maltings to provide a mixed use development of 204 residential dwellings, healthcare and community facilities, retail and restaurant floor space, office space and associated open space and car parking. In addition 24 new houses are proposed to the east of the Maltings.

    Building work has stopped due to arguements over road layout, access for the new entry and exit in to the new complex i believe. Bass Maltings in Sleaford will be re-developed soon surely, get your skates on me amigo's

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    Thanks for looking
     

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