Demolition works begin on former Whitworth Mill building at Fletton Quays

Coun John Holdich with demolition staff member Steve Farley at Fletton Quays site where the silos are to be demolished EMN-160911-190136009

Coun John Holdich with demolition staff member Steve Farley at Fletton Quays site where the silos are to be demolished EMN-160911-190136009

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Works to demolish part of the former Whitworth Mill building are underway.

Earlier this year Peterborough City Council purchased the mill site for £750,000 to enable comprehensive regeneration of the entire riverside site.

Fletton Quays site where the silos are to be demolished EMN-160911-190148009

Fletton Quays site where the silos are to be demolished EMN-160911-190148009

The works will remove modern elements of the structure, such as three silos, to reveal the locally-listed 19th Century historic mill building. It’s hoped works, including clearance, will be complete by the end of the year.

The council is currently working with partners to explore converting the historic building into a new hub for arts and culture in the city, subject to identifying funding. The modern elements of the mill site are not suitable to be reused for future development.

Demolition works are also required to clear the site ahead of the wider regeneration of Fletton Quays which includes 280 homes, leisure and retail facilities as well as prime office space.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: “The former mill is the final piece of the Fletton Quays jigsaw and allows for the comprehensive transformation of the entire site. These works are needed to strip the mill back to its historic core as well as to prepare for the wider development which includes almost 300 homes.

“It will be exciting to see our vision of Fletton Quays become a reality with the site being underused for so many years.”