Historic Barbour Linen Factory to get new lease of life
A former linen factory in Lisburn, Northern Ireland is to be redeveloped after Hilden Developments secured planning permission that looks set to bring this once important building back to life.
The scheme, which is estimated to run to a cost of ┬ú100 m, will redevelop the former Barbour Threads Linen factory into 17,500 sq ft of office space, over 600 apartments as well as business units. Tenants and residents will also be presented with a host of leisure facilities said to include a gallery, gym, bars, restaurants and community rooms.
This site, once the focus of a much loved and all important business in the area, has nearly 200 years of history contained within its walls which began in 1817 when the thread works was transferred to the Hilden area.
At its peak the business employed around 2000 people and claimed to be the largest linen thread mill in the world. Unfortunately relations between the community and employer collapsed after restructuring by the company led to the factory closing, an act which left the community feeling ΓÇ£let down and disappointedΓÇ¥ after some of them had spent as much as 40 years working there.
h an almost mirror like quality, the Barbour family first created the village of Hilden, building a model village for its employees which included homes, schools and even a village sports ground. Now it would appear that this new development will see the site once again contributing back to the community.
Clyde Shanks, director at Turley Associates who advised Hilden Developments was quoted in Property Week as saying ΓÇ£For over two years we have worked hard to engage with planning service and stakeholders to secure permission for a proposal which is reflective of the needs and wants of the area given the historic context of the site and linkages with the local community.