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Managing Director Toby Whittaker sees the completion of the multi-use redevelopment of Northlight

23 Jan 2024 –– Residential

Managing Director Toby Whittaker sees the completion of the multi-use redevelopment of Northlight, welcoming residents to the luxury apartments.

Built in 1832, this former cotton mill and local landmark is Grade II listed. Northlight has been sensitively restored and repurposed, bringing a derelict building back to life and securing its future as a place to live and work. A place for creativity, and recreation.

The past 12 months has seen the completion of a huge project to restore the vast site of Northlight. The former Brierfield Mill complex is over 350,000 sq ft across a seven-acre site alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and is home to a complex of 80 quality apartments, Store First Self Storage, Burnley FC in the Community’s Leisure Box, Fundaland, In-Situ Garage for arts and cultural opportunities and Lancashire Adult Learning’s HQ alongside the Business First managed offices, workshops and coworking space.

The main objective of the Northlight development was to regenerate the site whilst preserving the important architectural features and character of the mill complex, whilst beginning a successful new chapter with fully functioning buildings that create a new destination for the region.

The total cost of development was £34m, and took over five years. As many original features as possible have been preserved and restored, right down to the clock tower.

We caught up with one of our residents, Claire Rhodes, to see how she felt about moving into Northlight. She told us her first impressions on walking into the building: “I was amazed. I mean, I love old buildings anyway and I've always known of this building, but I was really blown away by the standard.

I loved all the old parts of the building, like the steel frames coming through the open brick. So first impressions were that it was a really well finished building and project.”

“I love the location, love the building, love the view outside my window. My apartment is on the canal side, so every morning it's really nice waking up and just having that view of Pendle Hill and all the fields and I think it's so peaceful, it's so quiet.”

Managing Director Toby Whittaker agrees. He said, “It is such a fantastic building, and is only just being fully completed after many years of work. It’s amazing to have that vision years ago of turning a derelict mill into a multi-purpose live, work and recreation space, and now I can talk to residents and find out they love living here, and the vision has come to fruition!”

Northlight was brought back to life by PEARL – Pendle Enterprise and Regeneration (Brierfield Mill) Ltd, a joint venture company between Barnfield Investment Properties and Pendle Council, plus Group First. Northlight also received funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal and Lancashire County Council.

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And you can watch a video with Claire Rhodes, resident at Northlight below:

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