By Ian Dipple Friday 12 October 2012 Updated: 12/10 10:36
THE MEN behind the regeneration of a former needle factory in Alcester have been honoured with a prestigious award.
Architect Mike Ravenhill and developer Martin Gough were presented with a plaque from Alcester Civic Society commemorating their work on the Grade II listed Minerva Mill.
The 'outstanding innovation' and sensitive use of both old and new ideas in developing and enhancing the 19th century building, to turn it into a modern hub for small businesses, while retaining many original features were particularly praised.
The Station Road building is currently home to 25 businesses with more than 130 workers on site and boasts quality office space, virtual office rooms, meeting and training rooms plus industrial units.
Mr Gough said: "The redevelopment means local businesses now have a home to grow which will aid the community both in terms of economic growth and the creation of new jobs.
"There is still more than 1000 sq ft of space yet to be developed which we look forward to progressing, with a mind to further the significance of Minerva Mill as an innovation centre within the area."
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