Monday, April 22, 2024

“Game changing” renovation work to begin on Queen’s Mill in Castleford

Wakefield Council have awarded a £900,000 grant to Castleford Heritage Trust (CHT) so that they can begin renovation work at Queen’s Mill in Castleford.

The grant is part of a £23.9m allocation from the Government’s Town Fund, secured by Wakefield Council for the regeneration of Castleford town centre. This ‘Town Deal’ allows the council to deliver the first phase of its transformational regeneration programme which aims to realise the vision to rediscover Castleford as a distinctive riverside market town.

The mill is a building of local importance and a prominent reminder of Castleford’s industrial past. Although it is not a listed building, CHT believe it to be the world’s largest stone grinding flour mill, with flour still produced on site today.

The grant aims to ensure that Queen’s Mill can act as a key destination for the local community, facilitating events and functions, providing workspace and offering a unique home to businesses. This is an essential part of the council’s Castleford Riverside project which aims to make the most of the town’s river frontage.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “At present, the condition of this landmark building restricts its use. Through grant support we will change that, unlocking the building’s potential as a key community asset which sits in prime position alongside the town’s greatest natural asset – the River Aire.”

Lorna Malkin, Chief Executive of Castleford Heritage Trust, said: “We’re delighted to receive this funding, it’s a game changer and will allow us to take the Mill to the next level as a community destination.

“The Trust has been pleased to work with Wakefield Council over the past few years as they have developed the Town Deal programme, we fully support the exciting plans for both the riverside and the wider town and look forward to playing our part in making them a reality.”

Work is expected to start at Queen’s Mill this year (2023) and be completed in 2025.

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