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Reuse of an Historic Building - Commendation - Amber Mill Furniture Rural Enterprise Centre (AMFREC)



Architecture Awards 2021


'Reuse of an Historic Building'


Commendation: Amber Mill Rural Enterprise Centre


This Grade II listed building, built by Daniel Hopkinson in 1817, was initially used as a mustard mill. After the demise of the mustard mill, the building was subsequently purchased by the Amber Mill Furniture Manuf. Co. Ltd (est. 1909) for the manufacture of traditional furniture. The company continued manufacturing furniture until the late 1980s.


Since then it had remained empty up until its restoration in 2020. The fabric of the mill has been sympathetically cleaned and pointed inside and out to enhance the coursed squared sandstone with sandstone dressings, which is quintessential of Derbyshire architecture.


The entire mill has undergone total renovation - including a new roof; a specially designed sweeping, fabricatd staircase; rewiring; plumbing; new hardwood windows in the original style and the installation of a klargester. The outside space has been landscaped to accomodate a generous carparking area.


The mill is now available as light, flexible space for start-up businesses and local entrepreneurs. Find out more here: https://www.amfrec.com


The following team were involved:


Architect: Tim Nutter Building Control: Peter Mandell Overall Building Construction: Clive Gibson Joinery Alfreton - John Hunt Drainage and Landscaping - Graham Wright Dry stone walling and Stone work - Shaun Graney, Peter Standley, Mick Goulty, Richard Bradbury and Des Watkinson Fabrications - Universal Fabrications Upton Electrical - Robert Upton Central Heating - J.J Plumbing - Jonathan Bates Broadband - W3Z