Search begins for £5m Islington Mill contractor

Salford City Council is seeking contractors to carry out three packages of work at the grade two-listed Islington Mill, including a £4.6m build contract, in order to secure funding from Arts Council England. 

The start of the process had been anticipated for June, when the outcome of an application for money from the European Regional Development Fund would have been known. 

However, a contribution towards the project in the form of an £858,000 grant from Arts Council England is under threat if “tangible progress is not demonstrated on moving the project forward,” according to a report from the council.  

The project is split into two phases; the first will see the refurbishment of Islington Mill, while the second focuses on the repair, refurbishment and fit out of New Islington Mill. 

The Mill is currently used as a hub for arts and culture and will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2023. 

The three packages of work out to tender are: 

  • Procurement of a building contractor to deliver the project on site, which will include demolitions, repairs, building works, finishes, fittings, electrical and mechanical installations, valued at £4.6m
  • The appointment of a multi-disciplinary design team including project manager, cost consultant, architect, structural engineer, heritage consultant, BREEAM consultant, fire safety advisor, mechanical and electrical engineer. This project is worth around £470,000 
  • Procurement of a furniture supply company to provide loose furniture such as tables, desks and chairs. This contract is worth around £120,000 

In January, Islington Mill was awarded a £746,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for repairs. 

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