A DERELICT mill which is being restored to its former glory to provide top-quality offices close to Huddersfield town centre has won the Regeneration Award.
Folly Hall Mills was long considered a blot on the landscape. Despite its grade II listed status, the former textile mill had stood neglected for several years – making a poor impression on visitors approaching the town centre from Lockwood Road.
Jay Tee Group, the company in charge of the project, said the scheme would be a "tremendous" development for Huddersfield as it would help address a shortage of high-quality offices in the town.
Paul Bailey from Dewsbury-based Bradbury Investments, the company behind the scheme, said: "It has been a fine balancing act working with Kirklees Council and English Heritage to keep the mill’s historic heritage while making it commercially viable. I see the mill as being the torchbearer for the Waterfront scheme.’’
Last year the scheme secured its first tenants with Huddersfield-based architect practice Above & Beyond taking two floors comprising 4,715sq ft and moving its operations from the Media Centre.
In January this year, training company ESTL became the latest to sign up for the space at Folly Hall by taking 15,000sq ft. Earlier this month, ESTL also unveiled its new state-of-the-art Waterfront Conference Centre offering a suite of seven modern conference suites and meeting rooms.
Jay Tee Group is working with Huddersfield Civic Society on a community project to highlight the historic importance of Folly Hall Mills.