Sectors & Projects - Health

Acre Mill Redevelopment, Pennine Property Partnership

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On behalf of the Pennine Property Partnership, Henry Boot Construction converted and redeveloped a five storey Grade II listed former wire mill into a shell specification for a
56,000 sq. ft. outpatient facility for the Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

The architectural philosophy of ‘retain, restore and replace’ drove the conversion of this site. Rebuilding the gable wall required extensive work; stone was taken from elsewhere on the site and the original mortar was analysed to ensure a true match could be used, allowing the wall to remain in keeping with the conservation of the project.

Henry Boot Construction worked in close conjunction with the Conservation Officer to complete a major restoration of the original timber roof structure.

This required the removal of all roof slates, which were then counted, repaired and re-laid. Internally, the building was stripped back to its original structure, with new load-bearing floors, lift shaft's and stairwells installed.

Externally, the original wire cooling ponds were removed to provide extensive parking for patients and visitors, and a new wildlife pond was constructed with a view to increasing local biodiversity and enhancing the local habitat.

The joint Partnership is an innovative collaboration between Henry Boot Developments Ltd and Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and has helped generate capital investment and deliver improved medical services to the area.

The scheme was shortlisted for the RICS Building Conservation Award and the NFB Heritage Project of the Year Award.

“Not only has the historic listed building been preserved but there has been no compromise in the provision of the office and clinical space, designed and constructed to modern standards, which is able to be maintained cost-efficiently, yet enhancing the experience of NHS personnel and patients by means of its distinctive character.”

Tom Rhys-Jones, Managing Director, Jefferson Sheard