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Kingston Mills

Artists drawing of the Kingston Mills development in Bradford on Avon

Kingston Mills is a mixed use riverside development of 171 homes, both new build and conversion, together with retail and business space, in the heart of the Wiltshire market town of Bradford on Avon.  It is sited in a conservation area on the banks of the River Avon, opposite the medieval town bridge and adjacent to a large listed building, The Hall.

The biggest success of the site has been to create a high quality, aesthetically pleasing mixed use development of great variety, including the refurbishment of five listed buildings, which has won the consensus of the community and increased civic pride.  Kingston Mills dramatically enhances this prominent riverside site, echoes its heritage and makes a substantial contribution to the historic character of the town.


Photograph of refurbished building at Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon

Photograph of Kingston Mills showing the old factory buildingsThe 2.53 hectare site was formerly occupied by a rubber factory, which closed in 1992 - the picture above shows the factory site.  Development was highly challenging, involving a contaminated site in a flood plain, historic buildings in need of repair, poor access and boundary constraints.

The picture above shows one of the refurbished buildings.


The planning and design brief was shaped in close consultation with the local community to reflect the character of the town and preserve its industrial heritage.

Five of the original factory buildings have been converted fo use as private homes or as office or retail space.  Deliberately avoiding a 'master designer's stamp' all existing historical buildings are celebrated in their own right.

Bradford on Avon has a rich mix of architecture, from Saxon and Norman churches to fine Georgian buildings, together with many influences of the Victorian industrial revolution.  Kingston Mills reflects the town's rich diversity by blending the original industrial buildings with new buildings of different heights to add variety and interest.

The buildings are a mixture of honey coloured Bath stone, rubble stone, red brick and timber cladding which provide references to the materials of the original buildings.

Photograph of Kingston Mills with new developments

Photo of the retail units at Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon

Photograph of the river walk at Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon
The new retail units at Kingston Mills have been married to the adjacent town centre through the creation of a new square, Lamb Yard.Access to the river has been opened up with a new river walkway. 

Site plan of Kingston Mills, Bradford on Avon

Site plan of Kingston Mills showing phase 1 to the left and the phase 2 'island site' to the right.



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