The vision for the project: The steering group, with and for the benefit of the Carluke community, will secure the long term future of The High Mill by returning it to a working state. The group will establish a working and extended High Mill as a key centre of cultural, economic and educational activity in Carluke, ensure it is supported by a sustainable business model, and help raise the profile of Carluke, and pride in its Heritage, through the activities it undertakes.
A detailed options appraisal was completed near the end of 2013, and presented at a public meeting in April 2014. The report may be found via a link on the Strathclyde Building and Preservation Trust website. This report analyses the potential regeneration of Carluke High Mill and the ongoing purpose of the Mill to create employment and have a focal tourist attraction in the town, and for it to be run as a sustainable social enterprise where profits are fed back into the business.
Consultation was carried out in Carluke and current ideas of the potential future use of the Mill includes; Café, Shop including locally produced food, Space for Carluke Museum, Market Garden and Allotments for Community Groups, Educational space for Art Groups, Music groups etc., Wedding venue. A wide variety of potential uses have been put forward and as the project progresses then a more detailed business plan showing analysis of the long term survival and sustainability will need to be completed.
The Trust would like to acknowledge and confirm our appreciation for the contributions and detailed work carried out Strathclyde Building and Preservation Trust and the architect John Sanders from Simpson and Brown, Edinburgh. It is the information they have collated that has opened up our discussions and gained support from various National Organisations.