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On The Banks: Victoria Mill

Victoria Mill- Burnley

Phase One of a £100 million scheme to regenerate historic buildings in Burnley continues to make good progress.

On The Banks is a heritage led project – implemented by Burnley Council – designed to transform one of the country’s best preserved areas of industrial heritage into a thriving community. The scheme focuses on six phases – Victoria Mill, The Square, Slater Terrace, Sandygate, The Leisure Hub and The Residence – and once complete will comprise a mix of businesses, residential units, leisure and education facilities.

Barnfield Construction is the main contractor on the On The Banks scheme and has joined together with Burnley Council to transform the former Weaver Triangle area of Burnley into the exciting new development.

Victoria Mill- Burnley

Barnfield Construction Chairman, Tim Webber, commented:

“The last couple of years have seen spectacular progress in and around Burnley and On The Banks is a key part of this progress. Whilst some towns and cities have been seeking to simply halt decline, Burnley has embarked on ambitious programme that is reconnecting us with the commercial heart of the region.”

Barnfield Project Director and Head of Regeneration, Gareth Smith, added:

“Barnfield are immensely proud to be part of the transformation of this historic landmark site and to be developing a dynamic area for the future. We are excited about doing this alongside exciting new infrastructure developments such as the Todmorden Curve opening up a direct rail link to Manchester by 2014 and the renovation of the Manchester Road Railway Station adjacent to On The Banks, providing superb access to One The Banks from across the North West.”

Victoria Mill- Burnley

Victoria Mill is the first phase of the scheme which comprises the conversion of a Grade II Listed mill into a University Technology College for Visions Learning Trust.

Commenting on the project, Visions Learning Trust Managing Director and Principal Designate, Martin Callagher, said:

“We are delighted to be at the heart of this fantastic project. Visions Learning Trust will provide young people between the ages of 14 to 19 with the opportunity to receive an outstanding education within a technical environment.

“The £10 million conversion of the mill will greatly enhance this experience, giving our learners a unique place in which to develop their potential to the full.”

Victoria Mill is the largest of the buildings on the South Bank development and covers a floorspace of approximately 5,000 square metres.

During the redevelopment of the mill, many of the site’s original features are being restored, including Victorian wheels and pulleys, whilst the north light roof is benefitting from the installation of new glazing.

Victoria Mill- Burnley

Harold Newsome Ltd is involved with the fabrication and erection of the structural steel elements on the project. Discussing their involvement on Victoria Mill, Harold Newsome Ltd Office Manager, Stewart Hartley, said:

“We work hand-in-hand with Barnfield on many redevelopment projects, we were naturally interested in working on a project of this nature which promises to drastically improve the amenities and services to the local area. Victoria Mill is the first phase of an important redevelopment for Burnley so we are very pleased to be involved.”

Although work is still currently in progress on the project the University Technical College (UTC) opened its doors to visitors during an official open day in March 2013. The open day provided parents and potential students with the opportunity to see the new building under construction, whilst at the same time meet staff, local employers and representatives from nearby universities.

Work on Victoria Mill is scheduled to reach completion during summer 2013. Once work is complete on the project the second phase of On The Banks will get underway and will comprise the redevelopment of Slater Terrace into a mix of office and creative work spaces.

Burnley Council’ Chief Executive, Steve Rumbelow, said:

“Barnfield saw a modern brand as an essential part of moving this exciting project forward. The new On The Banks brand was designed to attract businesses and visitors from across the region from across the region to this unique area at the heart of Burnley. We are very excited about the works underway to transform this area and think that Barnfield have developed a cutting edge brand.”

Victoria Mill- Burnley

Specialist UK Restorations 

For more than seven years, Specialist UK Restorations has provided professional restoration and conservation services to the construction industry. The company is involved with all aspects of restoration works, from structural waterproofing and concrete repairs and protection, to stone restoration and conservation and structural repair works.

Over the years, Specialist UK Restorations has been involved with numerous high profile projects, including Scarborough Spa, Liverpool Medical Institute and Abbeydale Hamlet. On the Victoria Mill project, Specialist UK Restorations is responsible for structural waterproofing works.

Specialist UK Restorations Contracts Director, Mike Knowles, said:

“As the first phase of On The Banks, Victoria Mill is a great project to be a part. The work we are conducting will help in this very important regeneration scheme for Burnley.”

Ian added:

“At Specialist UK Restorations we pride ourselves on our great customer service and our excellent quality of work.”

Eastham’s Building Contractors Ltd

Eastham’s Building Contractors Ltd specialise in petrol station construction, maintenance, decommissioning and demolition works. The company has been in operation for more than 40 years and within this time have worked on many projects, including Gamma Building Blackburn – where Eastham’s Building Contractors Ltd cleaned, removed and disposed of underground fuel tanks and interceptors – and most recently Victoria Mill.

Mark Eastham of Eastham’s Building Contractors Ltd, said:

“Working on the Weaver’s Triangle project we were asked to survey the disused petrol station and report on the status of the underground fuel tanks and interceptor and to recommend any work that may be required to ensure the site was safe.

“We carried out excavation work in the location of the fuel tank lids to verify that they had been decommissioned properly. Most of the tanks had in fact been decommissioned by being filled with a sand and cement slurry mix.

“However we discovered a small underground tank which had not been decommissioned. This tank had a small amount of fuel in and posed a potential safety and environmental risk. The fuel was removed from the tank using a vacuum tanker, the tank was flushed out and the arising waste water was uplifted with the tanker. The tank was then permanently decommissioned by injecting resin generated hard foam into it.  In addition to this we discovered that the forecourt separator was blocked with silt. This was unblocked, cleaned and re filled with clean water.

“An underground fuel tank was discovered inside the Victoria Mill building and this was decommissioned in the exact same way. From a health, safety and environmental perspective it is very important for Barnfield Construction to be sure that sites are safe and that there are no environmental issues in the future.”

Mark added:

“At Eastham’s we pride ourselves in offering a high quality specialised service at a competitive price.”

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