High Lock, Mytholmroyd

A site salvaged from industrial decay

Converted from a disused cotton mill, High Lock is a development of ten striking waterside homes on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. The site sits in the beautiful residential area of Hawksclough, alongside Rochdale Canal.

Respect was paid to the existing materials and character of the immediate context.

Our scheme features eight three-storey, three-bedroom dwellings and a pair of with two bedrooms. With the ground floor level reserved for parking, bedroom accommodation sits at first-floor level, with the living space on the second floor, providing outstanding views over the canal and surrounding countryside.

As part of the local manufacturing industry, the mill building certainly had some historical merit. Nevertheless, demolition was unavoidable due to its dilapidated and partially collapsed state. To preserve the site’s heritage, we negotiated with the local conservation officer and archaeologist to undertake a measured survey and photographic record of the building.

While the chief design vision was to create a contemporary residential product, much respect was paid to the existing materials and character of the immediate context. The living arrangement was largely dictated by the Environment Agency’s direction to elevate all habitable accommodation above first-floor level, due to potential flood risk.

Service: Architecture
Sector: Living