Mills & Boom!– Reusing Mills To Deliver Growth Wednesday 29th November, Bridge 5 Mills

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and Historic Englandwill host a special BRICK workshop on how to deliver a successful mill regeneration project on Wednesday 29th November from 9:30am – 4:30pm at Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick Street, Manchester M4 7HR.

Recent research by Historic England* shows overwhelming public support for saving England’s old mills. 79% of the North of England’s population believe old mills should be reused to provide homes, business space and community facilities before constructing new buildings. Regrettably, the same research shows that Greater Manchester alone has lost almost half of its mills since the 1980s.

Catherine Dewar, Historic England’s Planning Director in the North West, said:

"With their ability to accommodate wonderful homes, workplaces and cultural spaces, our historic mill buildings deserve a future and should not be destroyed. They helped make us who we are in the north of England and have a profound impact on the physical and cultural landscape.

Mills have so much to offer in terms of space, character and identity. By shining a light on successful regeneration projects, we hope to inspireothers to recognise the potential of our former industrial buildings and start a conversation about their future."

Experts from the public and private sector will share their work and experience on mill regeneration. Charles Smith, Principal Advisor for Heritage at Risk, Historic England will demonstrate how reusing mills can achieve local economic growth, and together with Nathan Lee from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will look at the all essential task of projectfunding.

From the development side,Ben Bolgar from the Prince's Foundation for Building Community will provide advice on masterplanning and the all-important task of connecting the mill to its setting, the community and environment that live and work around it, and Tim Heatley from Capital & Centric will explore the variety of sustainable options available for reusing mills.

There will also be case studies and a chance to learn from other community groups that have successfully rescued and restored buildings.

Attendees will leave the mills-focused workshop with inspiration, ideas and the skills needed to help them progress their project.

Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said:

“Community groups play a pivotal role in taking on the revival of these important local assets and there is an urgent need to equip them with the right skills to do so.

I would encourage all community groups interested in mill regeneration to attend. This is a great opportunity to learn from experts, network with other similar organisations and be inspired to move your vision forward.”

Places on the workshop are £19, which includes lunch and refreshments, and can be booked at

or by emailing brickworkshops@princes-regeneration.orgor calling Sophie Coyle on 020 7613 8553.

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.