Striking New Business Space

Darley Abbey Mills is a commercial development in one of the most attractive parts of Derby. Seen by many investors as a risky purchase, Graham Bancroft, Associate at our Derby Office, explains what has made it a success.

This is because the buildings required a lot of remedial work and even more vision to transform the site from its former 1700s industrial heritage to the contemporary, creative and trendy office space that it is today.

However, Salloway's client - Patterns Properties - saw the vast potential in the site and knew that it would make a good investment.

Patterns Properties have owned the Middle Mills, adjacent to Darley Abbey Mills, since the late 1960s and their knowledge of the site has been invaluable in regenerating the area.

Salloway Associate Graham Bancroft said: "A number of the current tenants decided to move in after being extremely impressed with the refurbished space, with its high ceilings and open-plan space, which has lots of character and original features. The mills form part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and benefit from great views over the River Derwent. The only problem we have had is finding the space to keep up with demand.

"The office accommodation has been extremely popular with creative industries with occupiers including graphic designers, ipage designers and photographers and further enquiries and discussions being held with a variety of other creative businesses.

"The historic mill buildings have been sympathetically restored to create highly individual and inspiring work places. We hope that in the future, the Darley Abbey Mills site can be seen as a benchmark for how the former industrial mill-style buildings can be re-used rather than being left vacant and to deteriorate."

For further information on properties available to let at Darley Abbey Mills please contact Stephen Salloway on 01332 298000 or

Stephen Salloway
Contact Details:
Tel 01332 298000

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