Lego model of Halifax’s Dean Clough mill complex is taking shape

Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, being made out of lego is now on display in the gallery at the mill'Pictured is arts director Vic Allen

Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, being made out of lego is now on display in the gallery at the mill'Pictured is arts director Vic Allen

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AN AMBITIOUS project to build a model of Halifax’s iconic Dean Clough mill complex out of Lego is taking shape.

Around 200,000 of the miniature bricks - worth around £10,000 - have already been used to recreate the first three of the 15 mills.

The replicas of Bowling Mill, D Mill and E mill have taken 18 months to build. It is hoped the rest of the project will be complete by 2014 to 2015.

The finished 1:40 scale model will measure 35ft long by 8ft wide and the chimney will stand over 7.5ft high.

Dean Clough arts co-ordinator Vic Allen said: “We are probably looking at about a million bricks when all is said and done.”

The work is a labour of love by volunteers Michael LeCount and Tony Priestman.

Both are members of Adult Fans of Lego and are “Lego purists”, which means all the pieces are standard retail items and almost no glue has been used in the construction.

Dean Clough was once home to the world’s largest carpet factory, founded by Halifax’s prominent Crossley family.

It closed in 1983, and the 22-acre site was bought by Sir Ernest Hall and regenerated into an office and arts complex.

His son Jeremy Hall, the mills’ managing director, said: “Dean Clough’s prime virtue is the most difficult thing to demonstrate - and that’s its scale.

“We considered producing an architectural model but that lacked the imaginative edge that has always characterised the site.

“When the Dean Clough arts co-ordinator, Dee Grijak, suggested using Lego it felt immediately right!”

When it is finished, the model will be moved from its temporary home in one of Dean Clough’s galleries to a dedicated space at the end of the site.