Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Old mill will be razed to make way for homes

An old landmark linen factory beside the River Bann in Co Armagh is being demolished to make way for a 153 homes and a riverside park.

The former Hamilton Robb factory in Portadown — now owned by R.A. Irwin’s — was built 150 years ago during the linen boom, but has been under-occupied for years.

Irwin’s are planning to move out to a purpose-built factory, having applied for planning permission for 82 apartments, 55 houses and a linear park on the banks of the river. A spokesman said just 25 staff occupied the spacious factory where 500 once worked when linen was sought-after throughout the world.

Local MP David Simpson welcomed the plan. “The factory is in the run-down Edenderry area of Portadown and this is just the boost it required,” he said.

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