Belfast Telegraph

Restored mill lands heritage accolade

By Victoria O’Hara

A regeneration project that restored a historic industrial mill in Northern Ireland has won a major award for helping to rejuvenate the community economically and socially.



Conway Mill Preservation Trust received the accolade from industry magazine Regeneration And Renewal for the best use of a heritage building in a regeneration project.

The Mill, off the Falls Road, is one of the few remaining linen mills in west Belfast.

A panel of 40 expert judges met in June to draw up a list of 55 finalists from 188 entries across 12 categories.

Chairman Jim Neeson collected the award at a ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London which celebrated projects that have contributed to the economic development and social rejuvenation of cities and communities across the UK.

After years of hard work, the regeneration of the mill has been achieved through the sensitive and imaginative restoration of the original buildings. The building was reopened in November 2010.

Ros Kerslake, chief executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: “We are delighted that the work at Conway Mill has been recognised and celebrated. We are proud of our assistance in this project, without which the local trustees say it would not have succeeded.”

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