Lister Mills

Patent St, Bradford BD9 5BE, United Kingdom

Former Use: Silk Mills
New Use: Community centre and housing, offices, retail and leisure space.
Category: Commerce/retail, Community centre, Office, Recreation, Residential
Original Architect: Andrews, Pepper, James Ledingham
Reuse Architect: URBAN Splash (Developer), David Morley Architects
Construction year(s): 1873 -
Reuse year(s): 2001 - 2004


Once the world's largest silk mill, Lister Mills is a stunning collection of Grade II Listed mills and warehouses which dominate the Bradford skyline. When built, The Times proclaimed that the Mills were as 'breathtaking as Versailles' - to this day it still manages to take your breath away. The regeneration of Lister Mills has created new homes, offices, retail and leisure space.
Silk Warehouse, which was completed in 2006, has created 131 new homes and the lower ground floor is home to Mind the Gap, a disabled performing arts charity, and Manningham Mills Community Centre which has its very own cafe.
Velvet Mill is the second phase in the regeneration of the Grade II
Listed Lister Mills. Designed by David Morley Architects, the largest Listed building in Bradford has been restored into new homes and ground floor commercial spaces. Bursting with original features, Velvet Mill combines the best of the old with the best of the new, and the new dramatic curved rooftop apartments are a fine example of how combining old and new architecture can transform an already magnificent building into a modern day classic. The restoration makes the most of the original features; high vaulted ceilings, exposed brickwork, large windows and a stunning central atrium at the entrance. (3)

Relevant Literature:

  1. Stratton, M. 2003. Industrial Buildings: Conservation and Regeneration, London, Taylor & Francis , p. 207

Added on 2018-05-24 by editor Dora Chatzi Rodopoulou