Early discussions considered demolishing the former hosiery mill but repurposing such a fantastic building, with so much history and character was a much better option.
The scheme has already attracted its first two tenants, with Dance4 already settled into their new home and Confetti Media due to move in soon. Between them they account for approximately 60% of the lettable floor area.
Space2 can accommodate upto 10 small start-up businesses to work alongside anchor tenants Dance4 and Confetti. Ground, first & second floor units are available from 15sqm to 371sqm.
The development has communal areas, which will encourage collaboration between tenants. There is provision for an indoor cafe and externally, a courtyard and small lawn area could also be used for cafe / outdoor eating space or to host events.
Careful consideration to the alterations, choice of materials and building techniques in forming the internal spaces, offers sustainable use and adaptability in the future as the user needs may change.
The adaption included the removal of walls, some floors and stripping back to the shell. The remaining structure was strengthened and improved as necessary. The thermal performance of replacement elements was also improved to provide environmental comfort to occupants and reduce energy consumption. The changes were only made if it was felt it offered a sustainable improvement.