The former fertiliser factory at Bramford, Packards Mill, is the largest Listed building in Suffolk and has remained vacant for decades. Regeneration of the Mill by itself is commercially unviable and in order to retain this unique structure in the landscape it is necessary to fund its repair and conversion by carrying out further enabling development on the remainder of the site. This has the added advantage that the extensive contamination of a large redundant industrial site will finally be controlled.
This project will have a major impact on the surrounding economy. Packards Mill itself will house an art gallery, artists’ studios, retail and restaurants as well as 140 apartments. New residential buildings surrounding the Mill will provide a 70-bed retirement home, 90 apartments and 5 townhouses.
We are currently carrying out a masterplanning exercise and developing the design to the level of detail needed to support a planning application submitted by planning consultants Peecock Short. Once planning permission has been obtained we shall be involved with the conversion of the Mill premises as well as the surrounding residential buildings.
In addition the client has acquired an adjacent 50-acre site which will be cleaned of any contamination and landscaped to provide a Country Park, linking the development to neighbouring Bramford village.