Craggs Mill set to be transformed into a multi-level community hub

Posted on - 5th September, 2020 - 2:42pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Preston News, Redevelopment, University campus
Inside Craggs Mill
Photos of the Craggs Mill interior show the scale of the project

Plans are moving forward to bring Craggs Mill back into use, after a Blog Preston post sparked huge interest from the community.


Owner Richard Porter revealed that, since the post, multiple organisations and individuals have been in touch offering to help with the redevelopment project, and asking for space in the finished building.

Richard, who bought the mill in Craggs Row off Moor Lane in 2018, said: “Nothing is signed yet, but all interested parties agree it should be a community building, over multiple levels, where people can have low-cost rent to do good for the community.

“We all look forward to this being a great community building, assisting all the good people doing good things.”

One group looking to make use of the site is Preston Here for Humanity.

Chris for Preston Here for Humanity (left) and Craggs Mill owner Richard outside the building
Chris for Preston Here for Humanity (left) and Craggs Mill owner Richard outside the building

Group founder Chris Murray said: “I have had a couple of successful meetings with Richard and the builders, and it seems we are going ahead with putting our application forward and starting work on the building.

“The idea is to turn the main windmill into a community hub with offices, a kitchen and an educational room. The outbuilding would have a food bank on the ground floor, and two offices upstairs.

“We will be needing the community’s support on this at different stages along the way, with local tradespeople already offering their time when work starts as early as the next couple of weeks.”

Currently Chris is looking for help from a graphic designer to create a scale drawing of the mill’s outbuilding. If you can help, get in touch by emailing or sending a message to the Community Owned Facebook page.

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