Conway Mill

Conway Mill Preservation Trust

Client: Conway Mill Preservation Trust

Completion: October 2010

Value: £5.4m

Project Summary

Conway Mill was formally an old flax spinning mill owned by one of Belfast’s linen barons and is a product of both the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Located just off the Lower Falls Road it consists of two main mill blocks (with four/five levels) and four outbuildings (with two levels) comprising a total of 93,270 sq. ft. It represents one of the few Mills left in Belfast and is Grade B listed.

The works consisted of the extensive refurbishment of the buildings to create Arts & Crafts workspaces, enterprise units, display & exhibition spaces, an adult education centre and offices for small businesses, community & cultural organisations. New staircases and a lift allow access throughout the building. The design process involved extensive consultation with stakeholders, Heritage Lottery Fund, NIEA Historic Buildings Branch, and the construction work was carefully planned and phased to minimize disruption to the tenants (parts of the building remained occupied during construction).


Conway Mill is a significant landmark building within West Belfast and is a much loved and cherished community asset and focal. The key aims of the project were fully realised as follows:

  • To restore Conway Mill to reflect its historical and industrial importance
  • To ensure community participation in the project, so nurturing an interest in the heritage of the area
  • To enhance and promote the opportunities and resources for economic, social, cultural, and educational regeneration for people in the surrounding area
  • To deliver a sustainable project which conserves the building for the appreciation of this and future generations

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