Shrewsbury’s Flaxmill and Maltings

A project to restore “the grandparent of modern skyscrapers” – which received critical support from the Marches LEP - has reached a major milestone.

The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings opened its doors to the public on September 10 after five years of painstaking restoration work. The Grade I listed building was the world’s first iron-framed multi-storey structure and provided the engineering blueprint on which all skyscrapers since have been based. 

The exhibition, café and shop are now providing a rich visitor experience at the historically-important site, which will also see the development of 120 homes and extensive commercial and business space. 

The LEP has invested £2million of Growth Deal funding into the restoration project – a move which was integral to the success of the development of the overall Flaxmill site, which is primarily supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. 

The ongoing project has created 300 new jobs and 60 work placements in one of the most deprived areas of Shropshire, with many more jobs set to be created when the business spaces are fully occupied. 

The revitalised site will also become a new learning and enterprise quarter, with high quality offices for the region’s growing creative industries, as well as enjoying new cycleways and access. 

Reaching a milestone

The ongoing project has created 300 new jobs and 60 work placements in one of the most deprived areas of Shropshire, with many more jobs set to be created when the business spaces are fully occupied.

The revitalised site will also become a new learning and enterprise quarter, with high quality offices for the region’s growing creative industries, as well as enjoying new cycleways and access.

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