Hill Paul 2000/2001

Save Hill Paul PosterThe Hill Paul building, a former clothing factory in Stroud town centre, was the subject of what became a major campaign in 2000/2001 when it was threatened with demolition.

The Civic Society was one of many groups who fought for its retention and helped form the the Hill Paul Regeneration Group. This Group demonstrated that the building was still viable, despite developer-led reports stating it was unsafe and uneconomic. They also had to fight indifference from the planning authority, who were minded to grant demolition permission despite it being a landmark building in a Conservation Area. The building is not Listed.

The building is unusual for Stroud, being a late architect-designed Victorian clothing factory in the town centre by the railway – not a stone-built textile mill in the valley bottom like so many other Stroud industrial buildings. The polychromatic brickwork design is by Henry A. Cheers of Teddington (Middlesex). It was built in the 1890s and continued in production as a factory until 1989.

The Save Hill Paul Campaign is especially remarkable as it involved dedicated Stroud individuals to risk many thousands of pounds each, to effectively pay a mortgage on it whilst the future was determined.

These investors had no guaranteed return, but the eventual developer, who converted the building into flats (and added a new top floor) rewarded them with a share in the property on completion.