Multi-million-pound hotel and leisure investment plan for historic mill

Kirk Mill, Chipping, which is set to be transformed into  a multi-million-pound hotel, leisure and spa complex
Kirk Mill, Chipping, which is set to be transformed into a multi-million-pound hotel, leisure and spa complex

The historic Kirk Mill, once the home of the family furniture business known as Chipping Chairworks, is soon to become the centre-piece of a multi-milion-pound 60-bed hotel and leisure complex.

SCP Investments Ltd represented by international real estate advisor Savills, has brought to market the complex on the 11-acre site which has full planning permission for the hotel and associated leisure uses including a wedding venue, spa, restaurants, trail head centre and kids’ club.

Work starts soon on the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Kirk Mill, says the company, to secure its long term future, while the redundant factory premises will be demolished and a new village cricket pitch will be completed.

A high quality, 46-unit residential scheme is also being developed as part of the wider regeneration of the site.

Tom Cunningham, of Savills, said: “This is a great opportunity to acquire a significant hotel complex in an area with a strong tourist and leisure trade. Many of the original features of the 18th century mill at the heart of the site have been kept.”

The Kirk Mill project in Chipping will also provide a mix of new housing for the village as well as a relocated village cricket pitch and new pavillion.

Bolton-based SCP Investments purchased the mill in 2011.

Director Stephen Chicken said: “This important scheme which will ensure Kirk Mill is preserved whilst bringing investment, jobs, improved sports facilities and a range of housing to Chipping.”

On the former site of furniture maker HJ Berry, it will also provide a mix of new housing for Chipping as well as a relocated village cricket pitch, pavilion and a trailhead centre.

The former cotton-spinning mill dates back to 1785 and some of the original features, including the water wheel and gearing system, will be preserved. Adjoining dilapidated factory buildings will be demolished to make way for a new stone and slate extension.