Investment News | 16 June 2021

Historic former mill transformed into commercial space

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A historic former mill which has been converted into luxurious commercial space has opened its doors to occupants.

The former Grade II-listed mustard mill, at Oakerthorpe, which was destroyed by fire in 1955, has been restored to create the Amber Mill Furniture Rural Enterprise Centre, known as Amfrec.

Over the past three years, major renovations have taken place to transform the mill into an inspirational working environment boasting state-of-the-art facilities.

Today, Amfrec offers an open-plan commercial site, capable of accommodating businesses and creatives.

Ann Turner, founder of Amfrec, said: “It’s wonderful to finally be able to open the doors to Amfrec after three long years of renovating the site.

“Amfrec has a fascinating history, which contributes to the charm and character of this Grade II-listed building.

Ann Turner

“We have kept and restored the exposed Derbyshire sandstone, opened up the original arched windows and designed an open-plan interior to make the space feel light and airy.

“The quiet surroundings and connections to major cities make this is an ideal space for growing businesses who wish to have office space together with the ability to host meetings and events for their clients.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming individuals through our doors.”

The restoration of the mill was part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which works to ensure a balanced territorial development of rural environments.

The fund recognised the potential of what the revitalised mill could offer the surrounding area and consequently gave part-funding for the restoration works together with The European Union Regional Development Fund.

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