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£12.8 Million investment in world's first iron-framed building creates unique event venue

Flax Mill Maltings artist impression
The world’s first iron-framed building is set to undergo a multi-million pound transformation that will see it opened up for business use as part of on-going plans to enhance Telford and Shropshire’s convention centre status.
Shrewsbury’s historic Flax Mill Maltings has received a confirmed grant of £12.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which will see the site’s Main Mill – the grandfather of all skyscrapers – and a number of other key historic buildings restored to their former glory.

The mammoth investment will transform the site into comprehensive commercial and community space, featuring unique conference facilities, three floors of extensive office space, and an area dedicated to the Flax Mill’s heritage.

The Mill itself was operational from 1797 as a Flax Mill and Maltings until its eventual closure in 1987, and the refurbished space will house an exhibition for visitors to learn about the building’s place in social

Situated on the northern edge of Shropshire’s county town of Shrewsbury, the globally-important Flax Mill site reflects the region’s significant contribution to the world of engineering, making it the perfect location for innovative companies to host an unforgettable event.

“Securing the funding from HLF is brilliant news and means that our plans to bring the Flax Mill Maltings site back to life will finally become a reality,” said Claire Cox, Shropshire Council’s Business Development Manager for the Flax Mill Maltings. “Apart from protecting and opening up our internationally important heritage to the public, the grant will bring tremendous investment, jobs, services, community facilities and regeneration to the area, as well as creating another unique venue for Shropshire.”

Sarah Bird, Business Tourism Manager for Meet Telford & Shropshire, the county’s active convention bureau, added: “This exceptional project forms part of an ongoing investment programme currently taking place across the region, and will help to transform the Flax Mill Maltings into an utterly unique conference and meeting venue, offering a wonderful setting for events and exhibitions of all shapes and sizes, in addition to some truly extraordinary office space.”

Work will start on the site in the spring, with the first phase of the project set to be complete by spring 2016. Conference facilities will be housed in the Kiln accommodating up to 80 delegates and in the future the Dye House will provide larger spaces for bigger groups.

Steeped in history, with on-site catering, state of the art infrastructure and conveniently located less than a mile from the town centre, Shrewsbury’s Flax Mill Maltings will offer organisers everything they need to host a truly unforgettable meeting, incentive, conference or event, and deliver an outstanding visitor experience.

“Meet Telford & Shropshire is extremely proud of the eclectic mix of venues our region already has to offer, from historic castles and country houses to cutting-edge convention centres. With the Flax Mill Maltings receiving the TLC it deserves, this regeneration project is yet another contributing factor helping our destination stand out from the crowd,” concluded Sarah.

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