A major milestone has been reached in the transformation of Lindley’s Acre Mill.
The architects behind the multi-million pound refurbishment of the former wire works into a new healthcare facility and administration centre for Huddersfield have now formally handed over the Grade II listed building at Acre Street.
Acre Mill, which will be fully functioning by next month, will be capable of providing more than 200,000 outpatient appointments each year.
The development aims to help reduce overcrowding and delays at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, which is on the other side of the road.
It is the first phase of a project set up by the Pennine Property Partnership. The partnership between Henry Boot Developments and the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust aims to provide new accommodation for the trust in the Calderdale and Huddersfield area.
Jefferson Sheard Architects teamed up with Henry Boot Developments to bring this phase come to completion.
The architects also also focused on the area surrounding the building – creating a new ecological pond in place of two mill ponds that were found to be structurally unsound. Care was also taken to avoid disturbance to local wildlife and the ecology of the site.
An addition to the front of the building has provided space for an external staircase and lift to make access easier.
Acre Mill was a steel wire mill formerly owned by Joseph Sykes and Sons.
It was regarded by locals as the biggest mill in the world as it went three-quarters of the way round the “Globe” – the name of the pub now known as The Nightingale.