£12.8 million grant for world's first iron framed building

The world's first iron-framed building in Shrewsbury will receive a £12.8 million lottery grant for redevelopment.

The funding, which will be given to six existing and potential tourist attractions around the UK, is designed to promote the country's heritage tourism economy.

Dye and stove at the Flax Mill Maltings today Credit: Flax Mill Maltings

The forerunner of modern skyscrapers, the Flax Mill Maltings will be restored for commercial, visitor and community purposes.

A CGI image of the dye and stove at the Flax Mill Maltings Credit: Flax Mill Maltings

Work will begin in October this year and will be finished in 2016 when the site will open to the public, providing a workplace for hundreds of people.

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£12.8m grant for derelict mill

The world's first iron-framed building has won a £12.8 million lottery grant for redevelopment. The Flax Mill Maltings in Shrewsbury, which has been derelict for 30 years, will be restored and turned into a visitor attraction.