Kilncraigs Mill Redevelopment

Client: Clackmannanshire Council

Over a period of 15 years, LDN have been responsible for the phased restoration and redevelopment of two listed buildings at Kilncraigs Mill, Alloa.

Much of the original Paton & Baldwin woollen mill complex was demolished to make way for a new TESCO superstore but the two most important buildings, the office building of 1904 and the 1936 factory block were saved and have been converted to multi-office use. Surprisingly, given their different styles, both buildings were designed by the same architect and the factory block is one of the best Art Deco industrial buildings in Scotland and recognised in its time as an attempt to improve the conditions of workers. 

The new open plan flexible office accommodation is created within the shell of the existing buildings and arranged around a new glass fronted atrium that holds communal and public facilities as well as the circulation core. The new glass wall is a symbol of the building’s renewal and that of the surrounding town and allows spectacular panoramic views of the nearby Alloa Tower and across Clackmannanshire to the Ochil hills.

As part of the redevelopment, LDN carried out a meticulous programme of fabric repairs and upgrading of the 1936 building’s external fabric that addressed problems of water ingress and material failure whilst protecting the building’s visual character.

A large photovoltaic array was installed on the roof of the 1936 building and the whole development is naturally ventilated using an innovative mixed mode ventilation system that utilises the stack effect created by the atrium.

The buildings were originally B listed but were upgraded to A listed on completion of the development work that also won a number of awards.

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