Freya Barber

Architectural Technology BSc(Hons)

This Major Project Dissertation, will outline explorative research
surrounding the feasibility of sustainable retrofitting methods and
standards. Focusing, on the UK’s disused Victorian infrastructure and
their potential to be transformed into energy efficient, residential
The site I have chosen for my Dissertation Design Project is a former
Victorian textile mill (Greenwood Mill) situated in Halifax, West
Yorkshire [Fig 1].
The mill, is currently under procurement, to be repurposed as an
apartment complex and resident gym facility. Included in these
plans, are 31 units, breaking the building up into small apartments
(minimum area 53 m2, maximum area 80 m2). Arguably, the approved
design, restricts exposure to natural light and does not allow
accessible circulation, in line with what is expected from modern
living accommodation [Fig 2].
With this being the case, I am confident that my design and academic
research (focusing on sustainable living, achieved by following
the standards of BREEAM, WELL and EnerPHit by Passivhaus), will
outline additional options for building retrofits, like Greenwood Mill.
Creating assets to be a part of the built environment’s decarbonised
My design will feature, twelve duplex apartments and a glazed roof
extension. The additional level, will elevate Greenwood Mill vertically,
meeting the height of the adjoined structure, Berwick Street Mill. A
centralised entrance will guide the user through the entrance lobby
(with access to stairs and a lift) and into the internal atrium, where
the apartment hallway is situated. The Yorkshire Stone external
envelope, will be respected and preserved and the existing windows
with be replaced with triple glazed replicas.
I believe that my design will deliver high quality and sustainable
living spaces, potentially consuming less energy than the average
town centre apartment. Meeting the challenge, to decarbonise the
existing residential building stock, as desired by the UK Government.