Kam Lei Fong tables 281-apartment Rochdale mill plans
Warwick Mill in Middleton is to be converted and extended under proposals lodged by the London-based developer.
Kam Lei Fong wants to deliver 135 apartments within the grade two-listed former cotton mill, located off Oldham Road, and another 146 in a new-build element where the derelict London House currently stands.
The new-build apartment block, known as the Loom, would be 10 storeys tall.
Overall, the development would provide 281 apartments; 18 studios, 152 one-bedroom properties, 110 with two bedrooms, and a single one-bedroom flat.
Around 23,000 sq ft of commercial space is also proposed.
Designed by GMA Architecture, the transformation of Warwick Mill was first teased more than 12 months ago when Rochdale Council said it was working in discussions with the developer over the proposals.
While more than a year later than planned, the application is now in and can be viewed by searching for application reference numbers 23/00796/LBC and 23/00795/FUL on Rochdale Council’s planning portal.
WSP is advising Kam Lei Fong on its proposals. The project team also includes acoustic consultant Sandy Brown, fire consultant Jensen Hughes, MHA Structural Design, environmental consultant RPS, and heritage adviser Townscape.
Kam Lei Fong is not the first developer to propose redeveloping Warwick Mill.
In 2015, Rochdale Council approved the £50m conversion of the vacant 200,000 sq ft mill in into an exhibition centre for Chinese exporters. The scheme was put forward by Hong Kong-based developer G Suite Holdings.