Role: Project Architect and Design Team Leader

Tolson’s Mill is situated within the Fazeley and Drayton Bassett Conservation Area, in Fazeley Town Centre (Tamworth). The site is adjacent to the junction of the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the Coventry Canal, where there is a concentration of buildings that reflect the industrial setting of the area. This includes Tolson’s Mill and its adjacent annex building to the north, a Victorian Chapel on the opposite site of the canal, St Paul’s Church on Coleshill Street and a range of residential, domestic architecture.

The principal five storey structure on the site is a former textile factory and can be dated from an 1884-84 OS map which clearly shows a north-south axis of the mill and boiler house alongside a range of smaller ancillary structures across the site.  The design proposals have been developed based on the following aims, the enhancement of the conservation area, the setting of the listed buildings but more importantly the viable re-use and conservation of Tolson’s Mill. Crosby Granger Architects are working alongside the sites new owner to sympathetically create 59 residential units which comprise both apartments and townhouses. Crosby Granger Architects are coordinating the works across a wide team including a Planning Consultant, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyor, Fire & Acoustic Consultants.

The Mill is divided into 50 apartments (10 per floor) with a central corridor. The addition of a new escape staircase is positioned to the south eastern corner in a contemporary style which provides a sufficient level of contrast with the existing fabric while being sympathetic to the scale, mass and forms associated with the existing mill. The annex will be divided into a range of 2 – 4 bedroom townhouses while make full use of the annex and its dual aspect which over looks the canal and the new residential units being constructed within the wider site.


Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Our award-winning practice has long established expertise in projects involving the care, repair and adaptation of historic buildings, as well as new designs for sensitive sites.

From the scholarly restoration of churches and historic houses across the north of England to master planning for owners of large private estates, Cumbrian clients include the National Trust, Holker Hall, Leighton Hall, Levens Hall and Muncaster Castle. The practice also has clients, including independent schools, in Co. Durham, Cheshire, the Midlands and London.

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GREAT NEWS! Crosby Granger Architects have made three senior promotions in response to our ambitious growth plans and the increasing demand for our heritage consultancy services.

Gordon Blunt joined the practice in September 2020 and is tasked with managing and improving the studio’s production of information, knowledge sharing and providing technical oversight on major projects.

Co-founder Chris Granger said: “We have a solid foundation in the heritage sector from which to expand our work and for which we are seeing increasing demand. So we are very pleased about the three appointments.

“We also act as specialist consultants to other architects, surveyors and estate managers who need high-level building conservation advice or technical guidance. They are often wrestling alone with the same problems we are tackling with our bigger team of experts.

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