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Creative Mill

A shoe and boot factory converted into digital offices

Design Brief

The Creative Mill is the new home of digital marketing and e-commerce business Williams Commerce and a number of associated companies and tenants, all part of the city’s growing creative technology community.

A key aspect of the refurbishment is the creation of a connection between the entrance at street level and the raised ground floor of the main buildings: the reception area has been extended to house a new kitchen and breakout area on the upper level, which is shared by staff and visitors.

Photography © Keith Cooper

Design Approach

The group of warehouses was originally built for Tompkins, Spence & Co, a prominent boot and shoe manufacturer, and continuously altered and extended, including an incongruous addition in the 1980s at the front.

All floors have been turned into open-plan office accommodation and the original structure and materials exposed to celebrate the industrial heritage of the former factory and warehouse.

Recent additions like columns, beams and sprinkler pipes have been picked out in strong colours; new lighting and services add a contemporary layer to create inspiring workplaces for creative entrepreneurs.

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