Bondholder Cromford Mills has been awarded the 2017 European Union Prize for Culture Heritage/ Europa Nostra, one of only two UK locations to do so.
The awards recognise notable achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. Out of 202 submissions from across Europe, 29 sites were picked as winners.
The Jury said that Cromford Mills "represents a good adaptive reuse of a notable site of industrial heritage and is a key component of an important ensemble of buildings. Had it been demolished or left to further deteriorate, it would have been ascar on this World Heritage site.
“The adaptive reuse of this building, which incorporates respectful and reversible interventions, addressed problems of contamination with innovative research. The result is a building with a social function that offers the perfect gateway to the World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley Mills”.
Cromford Mills is a large complex of industrial mills set in the beautiful Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists of 20 buildings, the earliest and most substantial of which were built commencing in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright, the inventor and entrepreneur.