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Refurbishment of old mill wins company design award

The refurbishment of a former textile mill as part of a £1 million investment has won a Huddersfield company a design award.

Huddersfield Civic Society said the five-storey mill occupied by electro-mechanical engineering specialist Westin Drives was undergoing ‘a remarkable transformation to create a productive working unit’ .
At a ceremony in Huddersfield Town Hall, the society awarded a plaque for Best Refurbishment to company chairman John Eastwood and project design leader Ivan Moorhouse.
The judges described the 19th century mill as a distinctive structure along an otherwise nondescript section of St Andrew’s Road.

“Great effort and costs have gone into removing unsightly outbuildings, dealing with an extensive sump of below surface water and creating a functional modern extension,” they said.

“Stonework, windows and doors have been refurbished providing a much-improved entrance.
“These improvements constitute phase one of a programme that will take many years to fully realise but demonstrate the value of retaining and improving buildings for productive use and employment.”

For nearly 100 years, the mill housed part of spinner and weaver T and H Blamires. It was subsequently occupied by a yarn spinner, Z Hinchliffe, until that firm moved its operation elsewhere.

Westin Drives bought the building in 2014 and began renovation the following year. As part of its expansion the company has recruited four apprentices, a record intake.