Work has started on the redevelopment and extension of Horsforth Mill in Leeds where Fusion Building Systems is designing and manufacturing a light gauge steel superstructure for 50 luxury apartments, contracted by Landstock Developments (Northern) Ltd.
Horsforth corn mill is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1770s. Sadly neglected for decades, planning permission was secured last year to transform its shell into residential accommodation akin to the surrounding area, with work to be carried out by Landstock in partnership with Khalsmith Ltd.
Prior to starting on site, Fusion worked with Landstock on the designs for a light gauge steel superstructure which could house 50 of a total 89 luxury apartments, link two buildings together and incorporate a stone exterior to match the stone-faced frontage of the former mill building.
Fusion delivered the first floor and wall ‘cassettes’ to site at the end of May (2017) and is working to an agreed 18-week build programme. The process will see the latest in offsite design and construction technology used to manufacture and erect the five-storey structure, enabling restoration specialist Landstock, to build what promises to be one of the area’s most prominent and desirable residential addresses.
Stewart Hackney, Fusion Business Development Manger, said: “Horsforth Mill is a perfect example of how modern methods of construction can interface with a historical building to extend its life into the 21st century.
“The use of our bespoke light gauge steel system will enable two buildings, old and new, to be linked together and in doing so, regenerate a disused brownfield site and help to preserve part of our industrial heritage. The flexibility of our design and manufacture process means we can tailor-make options for projects which are as individual and significant as Horsforth Mill. We hope that as part of the successful delivery of this project, the industry as a whole will further appreciate the adaptability and relevance of offsite methods of construction for future developments.”