Archive | August 2018

Alexandra Works in East Keighley

The last aspect of the Alexandra Works campus in Keighley:

https://planning.bradford.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=map&keyVal=P9YAWXDHFIH00

The last remaining building of the former Alexandra Works complex in Keighley will soon be demolished following the clearance of the rest of the site a few years ago.

Alexandra Mill Keighley.JPGYou can view the original mill buildings in the area by browsing Google maps street view and setting the view to the archived images. A lot of quirky Victorian architecture has been lost here. It is lamentable, but sadly in the fringes of a town such as Keighley the property market is limited and uses for sites such as this come solely in the tin shed industrial space format.

Perhaps if Keighley had capitalised on its Victorian culture in the way Saltaire, Hebden Bridge, or  Skipton have, the demand for residential or start-up space in former industrial buildings would exist. Keighley should try to attempt to emulate the relationship Ilkley has with Bradford, and reposition itself as a small town that offers escape from the bigger city, yet with more amenity than the villages.

Planners must realise it is their responsibility to create housing markets in this way and foster regeneration through reviving history and culture.

There has been some press recently about the loss of mills in Northern England, and it has highlighted that there has been nothing short of a cull. We need to recognise that these buildings are temples from an erstwhile era, and that somehow Brtain of modernity emerged from this mythical antiquity that now seems distant and unrecognisable. Every culture needs its mythos.

 

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