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Alston High Mill

Option for High Mill regeneration

High Mill is a Grade II* former 18th century corn mill with associated extensions located to the east of the Market Place in Alston, Cumbria.The site has been vacant since 2008. Eden District Council have appointed a project team, led by Purcell, to carry out an appraisal of the options for securing the future of High Mill, Alston, and the wider site.

Eden District Council have worked on this project with Historic England and Alston Moor Partnership. Historic England provided match funding and Alston Moor Partnership secured match funding for the project through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund

The brief for the regeneration options appraisal and feasibility study was to include the following options

  • Review of existing documentation produced by the owner of High Mill
  • Conservation Statement, to determine levels of heritage significance across the site and to set appropriate policies and principles for repair, conversion and redevelopment.
  • Condition Survey
  • Millwright advice to determine what is required to repair the existing waterwheel, and water channels, including associated costs and options for the wheel’s reuse, power generating
  • potential and/ or public presentation.
  • Three outline business plans including layout designs and capital costs for development of the site including the Grade II* mill and other historic elements proposed for retention.

High Mill site regeneration options appraisal and feasibility study - Summary Document August 2017