New life for historic west Leeds mill complex

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WORK to transform a historic mill complex, which has restored the heritage of a west Leeds village, is going from strength to strength.

The Festoon Rooms at Sunny Bank Mills, which date back to in 1850, have been transformed into inspirational 21st Century office and work space.

They stand alongside a cultural mix of art galleries, cafes and craft outlets at the mill, which dates back to 1850.

In the 19th Century, the offices were formerly used as finishing rooms; damp wool cloth was hung to dry in ‘festoons’ to create the famous London Shrunk finish.

Owners of the mills have taken inspiration from Bradford’s World Heritage Site, Salts Mill.

The office area is now fully let, following a fresh £300,00 refurbishment.

Now more than 250 jobs have now been created overall at Sunny Bank Mills, a former family-owned mill where YTV’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat have been filmed.

Two new tenants - Adept Consulting Engineers and interiors firm Dovetailers - have moved into the buildings, which date back to 1850.

Adept Consulting Engineers has relocated from Pudsey, while Dovetailors have moved from Blubberhouses, near Harrogate.

John Gaunt, joint managing director of Sunny Bank Mills owner Edwin Woodhouse, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have now let all five units at the Festoon Rooms and to welcome our two new tenants to this unique set of buildings. We feel proud to have done this in a challenging market for commercial property.”

“We are seeing a steady flow of new tenants, breathing new life into an historic complex. They are all excellent examples of successful businesses being attracted to a quality business environment which is versatile and flexible.”

Flora Mewies of Ward Hadaway

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