Architects unveil mill revamp plans

p4681d828 Opening of new footbridge - Castleford. Kevin McCloud and Renato Benedetti.
p4681d828 Opening of new footbridge - Castleford. Kevin McCloud and Renato Benedetti.

Architects will present their initial vision for the future development of Castleford’s Queen’s Mill at a meeting tonight.

Renato Benedetti, who designed the town’s footbridge as part of Channel 4 programme The Castleford Project, has been appointed as exterior architect and interior designer to the project, to turn the former Allinson mill into an arts and heritage centre.

He and colleague Ketan Lad, from architect firm McDowell and Benedetti, will be in Castleford today to consult with the community, before presenting their initial ideas to residents at Trinity Methodist Church on Powell Street tonight (Thursday November 7) at 6.30pm, followed by Castleford Heritage Trust’s annual meeting at 7pm.

Alison Drake, chairman of the trust, said: “We are really delighted, we interviewed seven firms and Renato was outstanding.

“He really did want this project because he has really taken the town to his heart and wants to do the best for us.”

The trust has also appointed firm Jackson Coles as project manager, which will help it appoint a professional business and funding consultant.