Focused around the refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II listed Ham Mill in Stroud, this heritage-led masterplan of 100 new homes has set a benchmark for the surrounding area and a catalyst for regeneration of other disused industrial sites along the Stroud valleys.
The site lies within the Stroud Industrial Heritage Conservation Area and Ham Mill is identified as one of the ‘Landmark Mills’ in the area.
The Mill will become the centrepiece of the new residential community and will be carefully refurbished into new homes, as will other key heritage buildings in its curtilage. The remainder of the site, comprising the modern 1950’s and 60’s factory additions, will be demolished and rebuilt to make way for new-build townhouses and a collection of apartment buildings in a layout derived from the original industrial footprint. Narrow ‘alleys’ run laterally east-west linking the two halves of the site and open out into two large ‘yards’ to introduce new access routes and permeability through the site to the River Frome and communal landscaped spaces for residents and the wider public.
The provision of a site-wide green infrastructure strategy will introduce open, landscaped spaces for public access and permeability through the site to the River Frome including the communal ‘yards’. These spaces will also open up the views of the restored Mill and enhance biodiversity in the Conservation Area. The new residents will also benefit from a variety of private and shared gardens including children’s play space and opportunities for ‘grow-your-own’ planting, to truly bring this site back to life.