Upper Paradise Mill
Upper Paradise Mill is owned by the local Allmand-Smith family

Macclesfield silk mill conversion nears completion

Dan Whelan

Work to convert offices at Upper Paradise Mill into apartments is close to completion in the coming months, with an additional listed building application submitted to Cheshire East Council.

The project, designed by Wilmslow-based architect NC Architecture, comprises two apartments for each floor of the grade two-listed, five-storey building.

Eight units are two-bedroom apartments, and there will be a pair of one-bedroom flats on the ground floor. 

Additional work includes demolishing some of the building’s extensions and replacing the roof. The latest application seeks permission to change the original doors.

Initial plans for the project, led by the building’s owner, the Macclesfield-based Allmand-Smith family, were approved in September 2016. 

The mill, located on Park Lane in the Cheshire town, was built in 1860 and previously used for the production of silk by Cartwright and Sheldon, a local silk weaver. 

The brick building was converted into offices after Cartwright and Sheldon ceased operating in 1981, and has been vacant for two years, according to NC Architecture.

A separate building – Lower Paradise Mill, which does not form part of the development – contains a silk museum. 

The Allmand-Smith family owns Macclesfield-based firm Stormguard, which provides rain defences and draught excluders for homes. The company has its headquarters at nearby Regency Mill. 

A company named Paradise Developments, which lists Martin, Oliver and Stephen Allmand-Smith as its directors, was incorporated in January 2018.

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