Posted 10 May 2024

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is West Midlands Building of the Year

The Flaxmill, once a disused and dilapidated former factory, has taken home the RIBA Award for West Midlands Building of the Year.
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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings was painstakingly restored at a cost of around £28m, and opened to the public in 2022.

Since then, it's become one of Shropshire's most beloved attractions. The site is home to eight historic buildings, each with a unique story to tell – including the 1797 Main Mill, which – as the first iron-framed building in the world – is the grandparent of skyscrapers.

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The judges said that the Flaxmill project, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, represented “an exemplar of sustainable refurbishment to support the next 100 years of use for a building with a particularly innovative design heritage... It raises the ambition for the whole sector of sustainable re-use for historical buildings, which is of national importance.”

The RIBA West Midlands Award winners will also be considered for the prestigious RIBA National Award, announced in July.

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