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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – Story Within.

ASCE article.

Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is the world’s first cast-iron-framed structure. Built in 1797, the cast iron’s ‘cutting edge’ technology gave rise to modern-day steel construction, and hence this building has been named the ‘grandparent’ of modern high-rise construction.

In their article for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), AKT II design director Christopher Blust, technical director David Watson and associate Charlotte Robinson lay out the long and challenging path to saving this icon of the Industrial Revolution and extending its life into a third century.

‘Grandparent’ of skyscrapers begins third life as mixed-use space.

The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, completed in 1797 in England, is considered the world’s first cast-iron framed building. Often referred to as the grandparent of skyscrapers, its pioneering iron frame construction is the inspiration for today’s modern, steel high-rise buildings. The design team employed a bottom-up, first-principles approach to preserve the building and its history …

This article is featured in the American Society of Civil Engineers’s July/August 2023 issue.

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More on this fantastic project later this year. Stay tuned for a film Story Within …

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