First Phase of Regeneration Nears Completion
The first stage in saving what is a unique site for future generations is nearing completion with the opening of the interactive visitor experience and education facility next month.
Historic England, previously known as English Heritage, took over the site in 2005 in order to halt its decline, making sure these important buildings are secure and weather-tight. Working in partnership with the Friends and Shropshire Council, the site is steadily being revived. Regeneration was kick-started by the Department for Communities and Local Government who awarded a funding package of £1.17m through the European Regional Development Fund.
Stage one has seen the conversion of the office and stables which will be managed by the Friends as a visitor centre, including reception, interpretation displays, film and audio material, research and learning resources. The 1950s silo was also demolished, providing pleasant open space for cultural, interpretation and public use.
Alan Mosley, Chair, Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, says: “Our aim is to bring the site back to life at the heart of the community and hence we are delighted to have played such a prominent role in achieving this first stage towards that ambition. This success is testament to the hard work of many volunteers and the enthusiasm of the local and wider community for this exciting project.”