Work begins to transform the historic Stowford Paper Mill in the heart of Ivybridge

We have begun work at Stowford Mill in South Devon to turn a Grade II listed paper mill site into a dynamic, mixed-use development. Demolition and infrastructure works have now begun, ready for construction to start in spring 2018.

Stowford Mill closed in 2013, bringing to an end more than 200 years of paper manufacturing in the town. Our vision for the eight-acre site involves the sensitive restoration of the old mill and other historically important buildings to create a vibrant business, leisure and residential community in the heart of Ivybridge.

Stowford Mill sits beside a leat in the Erme Valley on the fringes of Dartmoor.  Framed by mature trees and an impressive railway viaduct dating back to the Mill’s Victorian heyday, it will be transformed into a stunning place to live, work, eat, shop and stay. The new community will have 27 apartments, 36 houses, and a ‘later living complex’ of 34 apartments for the over 55s, alongside various commercial units, including a boutique hotel, restaurants, bars, cafes and retail units, interspersed with public open spaces for everyone to share.

Mark Edworthy, co-director of Burrington Estates, said: “Burrington Estates has a proven track record in taking on the sensitive redevelopment of listed buildings and repurposing them for modern life, with thoughtful designs and high-quality builds. We did this with Dean Clarke House in Exeter and The Ship in Plymouth. Stowford Mill is an exciting undertaking as the whole site is Grade II listed. We can’t wait to release the Mill’s enormous potential as a visitor destination, as well as a wonderful place to live and work.”

Stowford Mill is ideally placed for first-time buyers, young families and those entering retirement, seeking rural tranquillity yet good accessibility. A five minute walk from the centre of Ivybridge, and a three minute drive from the A38 Devon Expressway, it’s also close to a mainline railway station and at the gateway to Dartmoor.

We are seeking anchor tenants for this landmark development and welcomes enquiries from commercial tenants interested in the opportunities available.

Ivybridge Town Council is delighted that the Mill will once again make an important contribution to the town’s economy.

Town Clerk Lesley Hughes said; “We see this as our equivalent of Plymouth’s redeveloped Royal William Yard. Stowford Mill has been part of the skyline in Ivybridge for centuries and we want it to continue to play a key role in our town in the future, as it has in the past. Stowford Mill will anchor the other enhancements taking place on the east side of the River Erme, helping to reinvigorate the business sector in Ivybridge.”

Lesley Thatcher from the Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group said: “We are thrilled that we will have a dedicated heritage centre within the complex, allowing members of the public direct access to our enormous collection of archive material. This will be an important resource to tell people about the industrial heritage of Stowford Mill and our town.”

Grade II listed buildings are being restored to their former glory include the Mill House with its iconic 130 ft. chimney dating from 1856, and the Engine House built in 1914.