Step Inside Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings on Our Virtual Tour
Historic England has commissioned two interactive 3D virtual tours of the Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings since work on the restoration began, one in 2018 and one in 2019. Each gives a snapshot in time of the project and has proven to have multiple uses, enhancing the work of Historic England and our partners to bring this site back to life.
How the models were created and used
The models were created by Shropshire based immersive visualisation company SEEABLE. A combination of infrared 3D scanning and high resolution 360 degree panoramic photography from 500 locations in the Main Mill were used to create it. The infrared scanning shows the internal structure of the building, this is enhanced with the panoramic photography to allow people to get a real feel for how this incredible building fits together.
The two models have recorded the progress of the restoration of the world’s first iron-framed building in a unique way and been put to use in several ways.
Using the models for design and building work
Our architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and the design teams make on-going use of the models when looking at specific areas or features of the building. They allow virtual access to areas which are periodically inaccessible due to safety concerns or which lie behind protection installed as part of the construction works.
The 2019 model was crucial when procuring a building contractor for the Phase 3 works, which began in January 2020, as it allowed all the interested companies to view the site freely during the tendering stage.
Other innovative uses for the models have also been found and they have been particularly useful while site visits were not possible during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Welcoming the public and potential tenants on virtual tours
Potential tenants can look around the spacious upper four floors inside the Main Mill to see if they might be interested in making the Flaxmill Maltings a base for their business.
The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are also using this technology to allow visitors to see inside; either on a tablet in the Visitor Centre (currently closed) or virtually by sharing the model on their website and social media pages.
The Friends have enhanced the 2019 model and added in 3D tags to create a tour. The 3D tags show images of the restoration at various points and have created a virtual walking route around some of the highlights of the Main Mill. This allows people to see inside the construction site which is only normally accessible to members of the public a few days each year.