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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings


Just over 220 years ago, the last bricks were laid on an extraordinary building in Shropshire that would change our city skies forever.

Derelict for many years, Historic England are now working with partners to save and restore this remarkable piece of the industrial revolution, and make it a place that everyone can be proud to live, work and play in.

The Shrewsbury Flaxmill’s connection with the rest of the town forms part of the Northern Corridor project. This is likely to include improved streetscape and public realm along Castle Foregate and St Michael’s Street. The proposal also includes landscape enhancement and improvements to the pedestrian and cycle link that follows the former route of the canal. We have named this route the “low-line” in deference to New York’s High Line project that follows the former elevated rail route. The “low-line” is a green corridor that follows the route of the former canal.

Commercial and Investment Opportunities at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings offers an exciting regeneration opportunity to develop buildings and/or land for commercial, residential and community uses around an important industrial heritage site: the world’s first iron framed building (known as the Main Mill).

The 2.7 hectare (6.5 acre) site comprises eight listed buildings and development land capable of accommodating 120 residential dwellings and new commercial premises.

  • Location: The mill is situated on the northern edge of Shrewsbury, midway between Manchester and Birmingham, in the centre of the UK.
  • Project owner: Historic England
  • Total site area: 6.5 acres
  • Main mill area: 28,000 square feet over four floors
  • Development type: Mixed use commercial led with potential for 120 new residential units
  • Investment type: Occupiers for Main Mill, developer finance and co-investor for future phases

Historic England is looking for tenants and investors who wish to:

  • Become the occupiers of the world’s first iron-framed building, the forerunner of all skyscrapers
  • Consider opportunities for new build development on the land surrounding the historic buildings
  • Invest in the development of the remaining historic buildings

If you are interested in being a tenant or investor at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings please contact Rebecca Reeves.

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