The "grandfather” of skyscrapers will be renovated

Ditherington Flax Mill was built in 1797 and is the oldest surviving cast-iron framed building in the world. The facility is recognised as the ancestor of the modern skyscraper.

The property was acquired by English Heritage in 2005. This important facility is located in Shrewsbury (county town of Shropshire, England) and is listed at Grade I. International Management and Construction Consultants Gleeds is a contractor for refurbishment. Repair of the historic building probably will cost £50 million.

The historic Ditherington Flax Mill consists of seven buildings that cover 9055 sq.m. A total area of a property has approximately 20.000  sq.m. When investment will be completed, total internal accommodation will split across office space, residential accommodation, leisure amenities and landscaped parklands. Infrastructure will be improved.

Martin Smalley, the Director from Gleeds responsible for the project, commented: We are delighted to be involved with this extraordinary project for Shrewsbury. Ditherington Flax Mill is set to become one of the most significant developments for the city, as well as being one of the highest profile English Heritage sponsored schemes in the whole of the UK.


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