Greenholme Mills Residential Development – West Yorkshire

MMR Group

Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

Bowman Riley has provided architectural services to redevelop Greenholme Mills, a historic Yorkshire mill site, into a major riverside residential scheme.

Once a booming textiles mill powered by water fed through the River Wharfe, Greenholme Mills employed hundreds of people during the industrial revolution. In recent years, the site had been used for a variety of commercial and industrial purposes but was underused and unsustainable in its existing form.

Developer MMR purchased the site with planning consent for a residential development of circa 90 homes. With a strong track record in mill developments, Bowman Riley was approached to redesign the scheme to help MMR achieve maximum value from their investment.

Our design of the new houses increases the eaves and ridge heights of the new build houses to form new porches and rear box extensions. Additionally, we are designing six new bespoke townhouses maximising views across the valley.

We redesigned the two multi-storey mills to increase the unit numbers. The larger of the two mills lent itself to conversion because the windows and column positions are ideally placed. However, the smaller of the two mills is shallow in plan, presenting the opportunity to duplicate its depth by forming a new build extension to it.

To complete the development, we created a commercial element by reusing and extending the existing workshop buildings to provide unrivalled fitness and recreation facilities comprising a swimming pool, gym, café and crèche with an outdoor play area. The building conversion retains as much as possible of the structure of the existing buildings and locates key areas at the higher level out of the flood risk zone, whilst maintaining views out to the riverside.

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