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‘Our dream’ of public space in Chauntry Mills

By Sammi Nice

Christopher Gurteen at Chauntry Mills ENGANL00120131015145105
Christopher Gurteen at Chauntry Mills ENGANL00120131015145105

Dream of public space at Chauntry Mills

Developers have spoken of their dream of turning an historic Haverhill building into a vibrant public space.

After publishing a feasibility report on possible options for a building in Gurteen’s listed town centre Chauntry Mills, developers, CODE have spoken of their hopes that the building can be put to good public use.

Among the potential options for building number four are a cafe, a museum a shopping area and studios.

The building was originally a glass-roofed factory building. It still houses the factory’s old steam engine, affectionately known as Caroline.

Michael Carpenter, director and owner of CODE Development Planners, said: “I think the most suitable use is one that is going to be viable in the long term but also doesn’t impact on the building structurally.

“We have this dream of finding a use for the building that maximises the space while allowing access to members of the public who can come in and see the things that are so valuable to the town’s history.

“Whatever happens, it’s got to be a destination in the centre of town. People have got to be drawn there for something, they’ve got to want to go there.”

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