Green light for performance space and gallery at Sunny Bank Mills

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Sunny Bank Mills landlords William and John Gaunt

Part of historic Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley will be transformed into a performance space and gallery after Leeds City Council granted planning permission.

Sunny Bank Mills landlords William and John Gaunt aim to transform The Old Woollen mill area in the middle of the site into a multi-functional space, with the option for tenants or performance teams to provide visitors with food, drink and refreshments.

The application adds that one of the key aspirations of the regeneration is to make Sunny Bank Mills more accessible to the wider community:

“The active promotion of the vacant buildings within the site, opening up the frontage and reconnecting Town Street, has already had a positive impact on the economy of the area.

“Further exposure of the site and activity within is encouraging new tenants and steadily regenerating life back into Sunny Bank Mills.

“Consequently the overall development is providing employment opportunities for the local community, opportunities which need to be encouraged at this time in order to boost the economic development of the area.”

The move is the latest phase in the multi-million pound regeneration of the former mill site.

Technomed expands into Sunny Bank Mills

Flourishing medical services company Technomed has moved into larger premises at Sunny Bank Mills.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for Technomed’s products, enabling the company to double the size of its offices at Sunny Bank.

Technomed has moved from its boutique Old Engine Room premises to the larger 1912 Mill, where Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

Mark Pashley of Technomed explained:

“The global pandemic has provided an opportunity for us to expand our Holter (wearable ECG device) mail order service. Where patients would traditionally be required to attend an appointment at a hospital or medical practice for fitment, with waiting lists sometimes into months, and then a second appointment at a later date for removal, within days our service sends the device directly to the patient for self-fitting at home with remote assistance if required.”

John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, said:

“Technomed’s move to our iconic 1912 Mill is a resounding endorsement of our development of, and investment in, Sunny Bank. The refurbished 1912 Mill now has a number of quality occupiers, but 14,000 sq ft of very flexible Grade A office space is still available to lease,”

During the past ten years the family owned Sunny Bank Mills has been transformed into a modern office complex for the 21st century. It is now home to 75 companies, who employ a total of nearly 400 staff.

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