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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 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 area in a 'mixed use' scheme.

Eden District Council delivered this project in conjunction with with Historic England and Alston Moor Partnership. Historic England helped match fund the work.

The brief for the regeneration options appraisal and feasibility study included:-

  • 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

The future of the site is still under consideration.