Association for Industrial Archaeology 2017


Clementhorpe Maltings, our recent project for York-based developer Northminster Ltd., has been recognised by the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) in its annual awards. The development has won Best Creative Re-use of an Industrial Building – a third prestigious award since its completion in January 2017.

This exciting residential development unlocks the potential of an historic Grade II listed industrial building that had lain empty since the 1960s, allowing the creation of six townhouses.

The AIA’s coordinator for the award, Amber Patrick, is a malting buildings specialist whose report persuaded English Heritage to list the building in 2001. She said the way artefacts had been retained and restored had contributed to the award.

She added: “The judges were also impressed by the minimal use of new materials, the design, which retained as much of the original building as possible, such as cast-iron columns; new features, such as windows, being unobtrusive, and the fact that conversion into houses, rather than apartments, aided the stability of the building.

Clementhorpe Maltings has already won residential and building conservation prizes in the RICS Awards 2017 for Yorkshire and Humber, and it has made it into the Grand Finals of the RICS Awards in November, in the residential and building conservation categories.

This is one of the best maltings conversions I have seen.
— Amber Patrick, AIA

Mesh Architect’s Design Director, Ian Collins was responsible for the innovative way the volume of the Maltings was divided vertically, to create townhouses, rather than the more typical apartment layout.

He says: “It’s been a real privilege to be involved in the conservation and transformation of Clementhorpe Maltings. Our aim was always to preserve and respect the DNA of the original industrial architecture and archaeology of the building, whilst securing its future for the next chapter of its life.

“It’s particularly satisfying that this sensitive but practical re-use of an historic building has met with the approval of the experts at the AIA and has been recognised as a great example of creativity in this field.”