Stanley Mills

Client: The Phoenix Trust / Historic Scotland

LDN was responsible for a twelve year restoration and development project at Stanley Mills, a Category A Listed complex of cotton mills situated on the banks of the River Tay near Perth. Working for Historic Scotland, LDN implemented all the conservation work to date. We also led the design teams that installed site landscaping and utilities infrastructure and converted the East Mill to thirty flats and the Mid Mill to five four storey houses and four maisonettes for the Prince of Wales’ Building Preservation Trust, The Phoenix Trust.

The conservation and redevelopment work has involved careful research and survey work as well as the co-ordination of the work of a wide range of specialists including an industrial archaeologist, rot and infestation experts, rothounds, interpretive consultants, education experts, bat people, hydrological experts and de-contamination consultants.

One of the mills was built in a fire-proof construction but the others have timber floors supported on large section timber beams on cast iron columns. The timber throughout the mills had suffered very badly from wet and dry rot. This was eradicated using holistic repair techniques of renewal, isolation and ventilation. Wherever possible new timber was specified and sized to match existing and spliced into place using traditional details.

The new flat plans are designed around services cores in bathrooms and kitchens that allow maximum flexibility in the planning of other spaces. A lightweight construction approach was used to minimise damage to the existing fabric whilst meeting current building standards regulations. Existing historic features were retained throughout and add to the character of the development that won the Scottish Property Awards Residential Property Award on completion.

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