New flood walls proposed at historic Armley Mills

Armley mills closed
Armley Mills closed for months due to the Boxing Day floods in 2015

More details are emerging of plans to protect Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills from flooding.

Leeds City Council has submitted a Listed Building application to build new flood walls which will connect to the Listed Engine Shed building on the site, which suffered from several feet of flooding during the Boxing Day 2015 floods.

The application – made because of the preserved status of the historic building – also includes a floor to ceiling flood defence wall in the building, replacement flood defence door and secondary flood defence glazing.

Armley mills closed
Armley Mills closed for three months due to the post floods clean-up

A planning document accompanying the application says the  new flood wall will consist of a straight joint against the historic fabric of the building.  It adds:


“This will not result in a physical impact upon the building and will be reversible.

“An inserted reinforced concrete wall to the interior northern elevation of the Engine Shed will abut an existing modern concrete blockwork wall. This will be clad in stone or other suitable finish, to be agreed with the conservation officer, to correspond with the prevailing historic character of the building.”

Armley Mills Engine Shed was originally built to serve Esholt Sewerage works, which was built between 1909 and 1920. From 1910 the sewage works was serviced by a standard gauge railway which removed solid waste from site.

The railway extended 22 miles and was served by 11 locomotives. When the railway closed in 1977 the Engine Shed was transferred to Armley Mills. It was built on its current site in 1985.

The plans can be viewed in full here.

The Dispatch yesterday reported on a similar proposal to include new flood defences at Kirkstall Abbey weir and sluice gates.

For more coverage of flood defences along the Kirkstall Valley, follow this link.


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