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Project Details

Client:
Kerr Property & Clanmil Housing

Role:
Structural & Conservation
Engineering

Location:
Belfast

Brookfield Mill, Belfast

The Brookfield Mill complex comprises a four-storey linen factory built in 1850. The complex was occupied by Brookfield Linen Co. Ltd and Brookfield Spinning Co. Ltd. And the complex closed in the early 1960s.

The Flax Trust converted the building into a small business incubator centre in 1977.

The building was developed as a mill in 1850 and was an essential powerhouse for Ireland’s booming linen industry. At its height, almost a third of all flax spinning mills were located in Belfast.

The current redevelopment of Brookfield Mill, which The Environment & Heritage Service (EHS) is sponsored, aims to bring new life to this truly historic building. The four-storey vacant mill building is being redeveloped into 77 social residential units and is complex due to the age of the building.

The design respects much of the old character of the building and also includes a modern new roof top design with apartments enjoying amazing views across Belfast.

The general structure of the building is cast iron beams and circular columns. Brick barrel-vault arches infill the bays between the beams to form the floors.

Amphora Consulting, acting in the capacity of structural & conservation engineers, carried out load testing on the structure to understand the structures capacity to carry the design loads associated with the proposed new use of the building.

Project Details

Client:
Kerr Property & Clanmil Housing

Role:
Structural & Conservation
Engineering

Location:
Belfast