Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Main contractor: Binks Homes
Fabricator: East Yorkshire Aluminium and Glass
Awards: Transformation of the Year, Yorkshire Residential Property Awards; NHBC’s North of England Pride Award
Products: Visible grid curtain walling, GXi sliding patio doors
Mill Royd Mill is a 19th century former textile mill, which has been transformed into an award-winning waterside residential scheme, helping to stimulate the resurgence of the West Yorkshire town of Brighouse.
Developed by Binks Vertical, Mill Royd Island became one of the fastest selling developments in the UK when 100 homes were sold in just four hours.
This ambitious £17m scheme involved the conversion of a seven-storey mill into 134 apartments. It is situated on Mill Royd Island – a spectacular peninsula site located between the River Calder, the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal and a working canal basin.
More than 300 GXi sliding patio doors were specified throughout, giving large glazed openings to make the most of the views from each apartment, all of which overlook the river or canal. Visible grid curtain walling with 5m high spans was used for the double height penthouses, with GXi integrated into the system.
Features of Mill Royd Island include a swimming pool and fitness suite on the ground floor, exposed natural stonework, and dramatic floor to ceiling heights in each apartment.
The Architect’s Perspective
Peter Cartwright, Director, Cartwright Pickard Architects:
“Our design for this scheme retains the character of the original mill and yet has created a stylish, modern living environment which is sympathetic to its waterside location”.
“The glazing systems were an important architectural feature. We liked the fact that the GXi system has slim sight lines which improve the views out of buildings being adapted for residential use and have minimal visual impact externally. The sliding doors are easy for occupiers to operate as well as being contemporary in design, low maintenance and thermally efficient which helped us achieve a very good Eco Homes rating for the project. We are very pleased with the end result.”