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Demolition plans unveiled to kickstart Tewkesbury Mills regeneration

A Tewkesbury architectural practice have announced plans to demolish derelict buildings on an historic site in the market town.

The derelict Healing's Mill site in Tewkesbury. Picture: Google

BPL Architecture have submitted a pre-application enquiry for the demolition of buildings at Healing's Mill.

Healing's Mill, Tewkesbury

Healing's Mill was originally built for Samuel Healing in 1865, as a steam-powered roller mill.

At that time, it was considered to be the largest and most modern flour mill in the world, producing 25 sacks of flour an hour at its peak in 1892.

ADM Milling ceased operations on the site in October 2006 after 141 years, and St Francis Group purchased the site for redevelopment in 2008.

The Healing's Mill site (outlined in orange) in relation to Tewkesbury town centre. Pictire: GoogleHealing's Mill, Tewkesbury

The demolition plans aim to protect and retain the best buildings of the former flour mill, to then be converted as part of the area's regeneration.

Once the enquiry has been approved, a detailed planning application for the re-development of the whole site will be submitted.

Bob Beswick, director of BPL said: "It's great to be part of such a long-awaited and prestigious project that looks to regenerate some of the most historic areas of our beautiful town, turning them into spaces that can be much better utilised by both the community and local businesses.

Bob Beswick, director of BPL Architecture

"We hope that Tewkesbury Town Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council will support this important redevelopment project with potential funding from the Future High Street allocation, and Tewkesbury Garden Town."

BPL Architecture's previous projects span a vast array of industries and locations right across the UK.

Current projects include the relocation of Nottingham's main bus depot, new retail and hotel projects in Upminster, Bicester, Basingstoke, Oxford and Wincanton, student accommodation in Exeter and care homes in Keynsham and Bradley Stoke, together with their strong residential work in the Cotswolds.

Mr Beswick added: "These are extremely busy times for the practice, and a reflection of our success over decades. A combination of the experienced senior staff as well as our newest developing recruits means that we look forward to continued growth in years to come - despite Brexit!"

For more information, visit www.bplarchitecture.co.uk or call 01684 296888.

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