The Maltings

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland
Client: Ascent Homes
Status: Completed 2018

Project Description:
Situated within Alnwick Conservation Area, just outside the Town Walls, this residential development has been created through the conversion of iconic yet dilapidated buildings, along with new-build aspects.

The existing buildings represent the last vestiges of the local post-medieval brewing industry and form an ensemble of some significance in this part of the townscape. Both Bolams Mill and the former Malthouse are Grade II listed. However, the Malthouse was demolished under emergency measures due to structural failings, leaving Bolams Mill and the Kiln House as the remaining buildings.

The development commenced around 2006 but construction work ceased during the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, leaving the building fabric open and vulnerable to the elements. The site remained abandoned and incomplete until 2015 when Ascent Homes procured this landmark development.

Since then, IDPartnership have worked with Ascent Homes to create 37 new apartments. Our heritage-led design approach has involved reinstating historic features alongside contemporary interventions, in such a way that the historic and new buildings are distinct from one another but are mutually complementary. Stonework from the demolished Malthouse has been reused, and salvaged cast iron columns and timber lintels have been incorporated as features within the new development.

The Maltings won the Residential award at the RICS Awards North East 2018. The judges commented, “This project carefully balances the respectful restoration of a much loved group of listed buildings, with a finely engineered attention to detail in the delivery of breath-taking contemporary loft apartments”.