Transformation of historic Nelson mill complete

Lomeshaye Bridge Mill (S)
Lomeshaye Bridge Mill (S)

Nelson firm Barnfield Construction is delighted to announce the completion of the conversion of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill, a Victorian cotton mill owned by Heritage Trust for the North West.

The mill, purchased by the Trust in 1998, was its first acquisition in Nelson. Initially it was a two-storey steam-powered cotton mill built in 1841. In 1899, two further storeys and the adjoining weaving sheds were added.

The restoration of the mill has been part of our wider ambitions for the Whitefield area of Nelson. With a brand new £9 million school, Whitefield Infants and Nursery Unit; beautifully restored heritage housing; and newly-built homes, Whitefield is becoming a much sought-after area

Neil Watson, Pendle Council planning and building control manager

The mill offers managed workspace on the third floor, with the first and second utilised as archiving space with the potential to be used as further workspace in the future. The ground floor will continue to be used as a joinery workshop.

Jonathan Nixon, Barnfield’s project manager on the scheme, said: “We have worked tirelessly to bring this project to completion since we originally priced the scheme by competitive tender in 2012. There were many hurdles to surmount before finally starting the conversion works last July.

“This project is the latest in a long line of heritage conversion projects undertaken by Barnfield and it is a joy to see old buildings of our industrious past being brought back into use.”

Heritage Trust has been delighted to work with Barnfield Construction.

Matthew Dyer, project architect at Purcell, said: “Purcell has taken great pleasure in working in partnership with Heritage Trust, Pendle Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure the long term future of this important piece of Nelson’s industrial heritage.”

Neil Watson, planning and building control manager for Pendle Council, said: “It’s taken considerable effort over the last eight years to find a viable use for Lomeshaye Bridge Mill.

“A wide range of public and private organisations have been involved, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, making this fantastic transformation possible.

“The restoration of the mill has been part of our wider ambitions for the Whitefield area of Nelson. With a brand new £9 million school, Whitefield Infants and Nursery Unit; beautifully restored heritage housing; and newly-built homes, Whitefield is becoming a much sought-after area.”