Masson Mills
Masson Mills

Masson Mills is a complex of buildings listed as Grade II* by the Secretary of State as being of architectural & historic interest. The group are at the heart of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site recently designated by UNESCO. Part of the range date from 1769 and was built by Sir Richard Arkwright for spinning raw cotton into thread ready for weaving into cloth. They are among the first examples of the factory system of production in the world and resonate with aspects of working life from that period. The site now includes a working textile museum, licensed restaurant, shopping village and conference and exhibition suites with full in-house catering and generous car-parking facilities

Historic staircase retained
For several years this practice has provided the owners with architectural services. These have ranged from advice associated with the numerous statutory controls to co-ordination of repairs and alterations of the building fabric. The practice was pleased to be associated with the establishment of a major retailer on site with a long-term lease, which has ensured the conservation of the more vulnerable parts of the complex for many years to come
Part of this process required the implementation of an up-to-date fire strategy. A detailed example is the early internal doors, which needed to be upgraded to perform to current standards of fire resistance whilst retaining all of their character. The practice co-ordinated the services of nationally renowned fire consultants with senior advisors from English Heritage to ensure compliance with the various requirements.
Roll over masson

A new entrance facility complete with disabled access provision, located on an existing iron bridge above retained workshops was detailed and construction co-ordinated. The maintenance programme has included detailed investigation of defects in the construction of the art nouveau water tower & stair turrets, including thermal movement causing progressive misalignment of the stone parapets. Investigation was carried out in conjunction with expert advisors from English Heritage. Remedial works were specified and tenders invited from contractors.

 

Credits:

Fire engineering: Fisec http://www.fisec.co.uk/

Masson Mills: http://www.massonmills.co.uk/