A classic three R’s approach – retain, restore, replace was used to protect Acre Mills’ personality and its original features. The balancing act was designing around this as well as achieving a state-of-the-art facility – modern, clean, spacious, bright and airy, fit for modern use and sustainable for years to come. Much of the layout was dictated by the natural grid set by columns and window positions, but this meant that the shell of the building leant itself well to contemporary, open-plan use with ample light and space.
Go to Build
“It was important to the Trust and the local community that the characterful building, which was once a prominent, bustling place of employment for local workers, was returned to good use in serving the local community once again.”
Chris Race, Architect