Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Riverside Repairs

Someone has been doing a little repair work to the windows at the Riverside Court Apartments. He was up in a cherry-picker for a few days, working along the building. It looked like he was redoing the seals between the windows and the stonework, as he had a trowel in his hand. Hot work - the sun was blazing down.
This building is on the opposite side of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal from the main Salts Mill. (See this photo for the whole facade of the apartments). It was an addition to Titus Salt's New Mill, which is at the far end of the block, with the ornate chimney. At one time there was a gas works and gasometers here. The land was redeveloped during 1907-09 (during the time the Mill was owned by Sir James Roberts). These later buildings are sympathetic to the style of Salts and the New Mill but are actually an early example of reinforced concrete construction, with stone facings. They were originally connected to Salts Mill by three covered walkways across the canal; only one of these now remains. The buildings were redeveloped again in the 1990s into 97 luxury apartments, retaining the external features. They are very pleasantly situated between the canal and River Aire, and close to the rail station - ideal for those commuting to Leeds or Bradford.

8 comments:

  1. What on earth are they going to do with the old mills of West Yorkshire now the bottom has fallen out of the apartment market?

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  2. When I lived in Manchester, there was a lot of work done to redevelop the mills & warehouses in and around the city centre (e.g. Castlefields) and the apartments created are extremely popular. Where it's worth it, it's good to retain the character of a place, rather than trundling in with the bulldozers.

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  3. It is great how we are redeveloping old buildings to be comfortable living spaces. Hot work for that guy.

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  4. I like when they save old buildings, there is an extreme charm in them.

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  5. wow... I don't think I would like that job!!! ;o)

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  6. Nice shot, now I want to see the view looking out the window at him! heehee! ~Lili

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