Mill complex makeover is moving forward a pace...

Grand design: the stunning interior of the newly-renovated Shaw Lodge House
Grand design: the stunning interior of the newly-renovated Shaw Lodge House

THE gateway to Halifax’s historic Shaw Lodge Mills has been comprehensively refurbished by award-winning developers St James Securities.

Shaw Lodge House, which stands at the entrance to the 10-acre mill complex, has been converted into high-spec offices with parking.

There are three suites still available, ranging from 245 sq ft to 288 sq ft, which are aimed at the small business and the start-up market.

Oliver Quarmby, director of St James Securities, said: “We have restored the splendid Shaw Lodge House to its former glory.

“It now boasts a new roof, a new car park and new external landscaping, whilst its masonry has been cleaned and repaired.

“Internally, it has been completely redecorated and there are new heating and electrical systems, together with new WCs and kitchens.”

The former mill manager’s house, which dates from 1865, already accomodates the constituency office of Halifax MP Linda Riordan and telecommunications firm TTG, while financial advisers Investing for Tomorrow have just taken a 720 sq ft suite.

“The refurbishment during the recession is the first major piece of work on the path to restoring the mill complex,” said Mr Quarmby.

“We are now embarking on a similar programme with offices in the former Design Studios, where there is 926 sq ft available.”

There are now 19 tenants at the mill site from marketing, IT, telecom and financial services, joiners and plumbers, an independent art school, adventure training, an outward bound company and a stone carving association.

“As we come out of the recession, we expect companies will be searching for high quality affordable space and we intend to supply that at Shaw Lodge.”

In the longer term, Mr Quarmby hopes to create an urban village on the site.

That could include dozens of houses, retirement homes, a health centre, restaurant, shops and even a hotel.

The mills were founded in the 1820s by John Holdsworth and employed 3,000 people at their height.

The main product woven at the complex was moquette but the last loom fell silent in September 2008.