Darley Abbey Mills is a former cotton mill in Derby dating from the 17th Century and situated in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Over the last few years ownership has been consolidated and an ambitious project has begun to rejuvenate the buildings on the estate to provide new workspaces for the 21st century to complement more established engineering businesses.
The beautiful brickwork and features have been restored to create modern and funky office space for a range of tenants from the creative and service industries as well as a gym and small independent workshops.
I was commissioned by the owners in early 2014 to document the external and internal transformation of the estate over the next 18 months and record the changes that have already been taken place.
In the middle of 2014 planning consent was granted to turn the West Mill into an exclusive wedding venue and works have commenced to transform this part of the estate into a unique and character-filled wedding venue. More industrial architectural photography from this phase of the project to follow a the second blog post.
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