A PROPERTY development company in Huddersfield has launched a luxury apartment scheme with a long list of energy-saving features.
Über Massclusive (UK) Ltd, which has offices at the Media Centre at Northumberland Street, Huddersfield, is working on a development of 23 homes at Clegg Hall Mills, a former cotton mill in Littleborough, Greater Manchester.
The Grade II-listed former mill is being transformed in three phases – with the final phase scheduled for completion early next year.
The scheme, which has been drawn up in conjunction with architects Mason Gillibrand, of Lancaster, has a number of measures to reduce energy use.
They include generating plants using energy from renewable sources, ground source heat pumps, low-energy lighting and electrical appliances, heat recovery ventilation systems, high efficiency gas condensing boilers, individual metering and high-grade insulation.
The site itself features in the Domesday Book, while the mills command spectacular views of open fields, rolling hills, Hollingworth Lake to one side and the village of Littleborough.
Director of über Massclusive Richard Sommerville said: “Clegg Hall Mills will appeal to those who want something out of the ordinary. It’s a very special place – next to Rochdale Canal and natural lakes – so it is perfect for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
“Its location alone lends itself to what we are trying to achieve in reducing the carbon footprint on all the homes.”
Mr Sommerville said: “Using renewable energy helps reduce carbon emissions, brings down energy costs and makes sense as a long-term investment.
“The whole development uses renewable sources to help reduce the impact on the environment.
“Two main detached houses have being installed with their own generating plant that will mean the owners will never have a heating or hot water bill ever again.
“As well has using renewable sources throughout the development, we are using natural stone and timber as well as reclaiming the building resources already on the site to rebuild the derelict mills.
“They will look stunning, but they will not look out of place and the exteriors will be restored to their former glory.”
Clegg Hall Mills dates back to the mid-19th century when it was bought by James Tweedale, one of the founding members of the early co-operative Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. The mill provided employment for 41 people.
In 1879, the mill changed hands and was used to spin cotton waste before production switched to wadding and absorbent cotton wool during the First World War.
After the war, the mill was used to manufacture flannelette.
Über Massclusive (UK) Ltd was launched in 2007 to bring together the skills of experienced house builders and interior designers.
Richard Sommerville has 20 years experience in project management working on multi-million pound developments for a number of leading construction companies.