Public Relations and Marketing for English Heritage
The autumn of 2015 will mark the beginning of a new era for a major Historic England Project, the regeneration of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.
Public Relations and Marketing for Stage I at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
Construction and Real Estate, Printing and Publishing
Location of contract
Value of contract (£)
21 August 2015
Contract start date
01 September 2015
Contract end date
15 November 2015
The autumn of 2015 will mark the beginning of a new era for a major Historic England Project, the regeneration of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. Stage 1 of the project to transform the site, which Historic England has championed for more than two decades, will become a reality. A new visitor facility will open to the public and a new book documenting the history of the site will be launched. Historic England is working in partnership with Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council to secure the future of this historic site. Once completed, the buildings will provide a mixed use development with community, residential and commercial facilities. Situated on the northern edge of Shrewsbury, the internationally-important Flaxmill Maltings site reflects a time when Shropshire led the way in engineering innovation. The site comprises of seven listed buildings, including the Main Mill, which was built in 1797 and, as the world’s first iron-framed building, is the forerunner to all modern skyscrapers. The flax business thrived and the site developed rapidly for nearly 100 years, but in the 1870’s business declined, and the mill closed in 1886. The complex stood empty for over a decade before in 1897-8 the site was converted into a maltings by William Jones (Maltsters) Ltd. The site ceased trading in 1987 and became derelict. English Heritage (now Historic England) bought the site in 2005 and carried out emergency repairs to halt the site’s further decline, ensuring all buildings are secure and weather-tight. There were several attempts to regenerate the site but due to the complex nature of the project Historic England took the lead in the spring of 2014. The opening of the visitor facility will be a landmark event in Historic England’s first year. This unique project is one of the organisation’s the highest priorities. Please see ITT for further details
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