The success of Darley Abbey Mills has been recognised by winning three awards in recent weeks.
At the East Midlands RICS Awards 2017, The West Mill at Darley Abbey Mills won the Building Conservation award and the Tourism and Leisure award.
34 of the East Midlands’ most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the sell-out awards ceremony, hosted by TV Presenter Angelica Bell, with over 200 local property professionals in attendance.
The building also won the George Rennie award for outstanding renovation, which celebrates the best developments in Derby based on design, craftsmanship and enhancement of conservation features. The Award was created by the Conservation Area Advisory Committee and is dedicated to the memory of George Rennie who was for many years the City’s Principal Conservation Officer.
The Grade I Listed building ‘West Mill’ was on English Heritage’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register when it was purchased by the client since 2012 and had lain largely empty. The owner’s vision was to regenerate the building to create a bespoke and unique exclusive-use hospitality wedding venue. West Mill venue opened for its first weddings in July 2015 and the adjoining Long Mill hosts small creative enterprise business units.
West Mill is a highly significant and nationally and internationally important heritage asset and represents an important part of Derbyshire’s industrial architectural history and a key component of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Chris Pook, Economic Strategy Manager at Derby City Council said:
These awards are excellent news for the property owners, their architects and the wider partnership that the Council has supported since the creation of a masterplan for the site in 2009.”