A remnant of the capital’s industrial age and once a key component of the largest animal grain manufacturing centre in Europe, the Millennium Mills buildings remain proudly in position beside the Royal Victoria Dock.
Together with the addition of a new curved footbridge across the dock, the renovation and extension of these structures into original and creative commercial units marks the first phase of the exciting regeneration of this section of London’s Docklands for clients Silvertown Partnership.
The original mill building was built in the early 20th century and was partially destroyed in a nearby munitions explosion during the First World War, and later affected by a gas explosion. A second, art deco-style structure was subsequently built in the 1930s by Spillers, the building’s new owners, and was used for processing flour and grain in one section, and animal feed in another.
Silos were used as part of the manufacturing process, and as such were installed as an integral part of the structure. Renovation will include the removal of these throughout, with strengthening where necessary. Many items of machinery will be retained and showcased, such as helical grain silos, and the building’s industrial heritage will be exposed as a feature, with concrete floors and steel columns creating a quirky commercial building aimed at the TMT sector.
Cafés on the ground floor will attract and welcome visitors from the new footbridge, and roof level terraces will offer stunning views of the city. Soundproofing is paramount throughout, due to the structure’s location close to London City Airport.
Complex conversion of a listed grain mill into creative office spaces
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris