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Historic mill to be restored with steel

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nMillOct13Structural steel will play a significant role in the restoration and redevelopment of the world’s first iron-framed building.

Situated on the northern edge of Shrewsbury, the Flax Mill Maltings comprises seven listed buildings including the iron framed Main Mill, which was built in 1797 and is said to be the forerunner of the modern high rise structure.

Work will include inserting a new steel frame into the Mill, in and around the existing structure with new floors tied to the building’s cast iron and masonry.

Approximately 600t of primary steel will be used in the Main Mill and a further 250t of secondary steel and structural framing in the other buildings.

Main contractor Wates said the steel packages are currently being competitively priced in the market place.

Work is already under way and completion is set for early 2016.

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