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Nile Mill, Chadderton

Redevelopment Feasibility 
Historic Engine House

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Based in an industrial heartland of The North-West of England, Oldham is known for its cotton mills. Nile Mill is one of those mills, constructed in the 19th century and has been acquired by our client. The rear of the mill has a section encased by the rest of the structure that was once the heart of the mill, the Engine House.

With the historic engine house components no longer located there, the 5 storey, ornate, section of the mill is in a severe state of dilapidation and requires attention. Several high-level elements such as the parapet walls were noted to be failing in function and becoming dangerous along with other general issues. Works required to re-instate the engine house to its former glory would be extensive, despite the footprint being less than 200m².

Torside Building Consultants were initially instructed to undertake a condition report of the Nile Mill Engine House and provide outline budgets to arrest further deterioration and bring the building back into use. 

We were then asked to produce a development  feasibility report, looking at sustainable options for the rehabilitation of the Grade II listed structure.  This includes a sizeable newbuild to the front of the Engine House, as well as reconfiguring the internal areas to provide a mixed use of community, social and commercial space to safeguard the buildings future.

What was Included?

The elements covered by the inspection included the following:


  • Current Condition
  • Landscaping Condition
  • Historic Value including Nile Mills Grade II Listing
  • Location
  • Potential Options for Use
  • Potential Costs Required


  • Wall & Ceiling Finishes
  • Flooring
  • Doors
  • Lighting & Heating
  • Decorative Finishes
  • M&E Installations & Fittings
  • Electrical & Data Points
  • Stairs
  • Roof Voids
  • Sanitaryware

With a feasibility report for redevelopment in place, our client can make an informed decision for the future usage of Nile Mill including the importance of preserving a piece of Chadderton’s history and economic viability of the project.