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Velvet Mill

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Velvet Mill

Location: Bradford
Architect: David Morley Architects
Client/main contractor: Urban Splash
Structural engineer: Price and Myers
Joinery: Commercial Systems International Limited
Wood supplier: Maarten Kleinhout
Wood species: European spruce

Commissioned by Samuel Lister in 1873, Lister Mills is a collection of Grade II* listed mills that dominate the Bradford skyline. Velvet Mill is the second phase in the development. The mill has been converted into 190 apartments, including a new two-storey roof top extension and 6,500 sqft of community and commercial space at ground floor level. The two-storey penthouses were conceived as a curvilinear metal fabric, wrapped into a plait to evoke the tradition of weaving. The metal-clad plait, which can be seen for miles around, was entirely dependent on the emerging technology of CNC cutting and OSB board.