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Velvet Mill

CompanyDavid Morley Architects
Lead DesignersDavid Morley
Design TeamDavid Morley, Jennifer Juritz, Tony IP
Project LocationBradford, UK
ClientUrban Splash
CreditsPhotography by Joel Chester Fildes
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Renovation
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Entry Description

Built in 1873 as the world's largest silk mill, Velvet Mill is a stunning Grade II* listed building dominating the Bradford skyline in the north of England.


The lower floors have been refurbished to create apartments and community spaces with carefully restored concrete arches; exposed cast iron columns and sensitive insertion of contemporary windows into the huge existing openings.

At roof level, two storeys of penthouses have been developed in the form of a woven metal plait. This provides secluded apartments with magnificent views and makes Velvet Mill a beacon for future regeneration.