Historic Bath mill is transformed into modern student housing complex by local construction firm

The redevelopment of the historic Twerton Mill on Lower Bristol Road in Bath has been completed, delivering a new state-of-the-art student housing complex for the city’s burgeoning student population.

The £16.6 million project has created accommodation offering 330 bedrooms in a mixture of studios, en-suite clusters and townhouses for students, which will free up more privately rented accommodation in Bath for local families.

Work began on site in May 2014, with Bristol-based Midas Construction working closely with developers McLaren Property, architects Stride Treglown and Bath and North East Somerset Council to ensure the development fully reflected the historic importance of the site.

Twerton Mill was originally home to a cloth manufacturing company called Wilkin’s, which dominated the area in the 19th century and made military uniforms during World War One.

The old mill wall and the famous gates to the mill buildings have been retained during the renovations, and the new-build elements of the project were carefully created to a contemporary design which employed traditional materials to retain the heritage of the location.

Jamie Harwood, Operational Director for Midas Construction, said:

“This new student housing complex is on a main commuter route and an important gateway site for students from both Bath Spa University and the University of Bath, and the high standard of the development and build offers an enviably modern accommodation option for students.

“The contemporary design employed in the build also manages to pay homage to the rich industrial heritage of the site, with many traditional materials used in the construction of the new buildings.”

Midas has won a number of student accommodation contracts recently with the firm currently developing sites in Bristol, two builds in Exeter, and a new development in Cardiff.

Alan Hope, Chief Executive of The Midas Group, said:

“Securing these contracts highlights the hard work, dedication and skill of our workforce in delivering modern student accommodation across the region. Midas continues to secure prime new contracts as we develop and grow stronger as a business year on year, and I am looking forward to the future and our continued success.

“As part of our vision as a growing company we also maintain a commitment to the communities we serve, and with every development we are not only creating a new building but forming long-lasting partnerships with local neighbourhoods, suppliers and sub-contractors which boosts employment in the region and supports vital community projects.”