The Glastonbury Town Deal has secured £23.6 million investment for the town, representing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver the objectives outlined in the Town Investment Plan

The Baily’s Buildings

Lead Organisation: Beckery Island Regeneration Trust (BIRT)

Re-developing these historic buildings into a zero-carbon hub for local start-up, small and growing businesses, educational groups and workshops.

The complex will include a space dedicated to celebrating the town’s industrial past.


  • Towns Fund:  £6.15m
  • Co-Funding:  £5m


  • Creation of business and learning space
  • Development of a vibrant business quarter with net profits to be donated back to community

Key Project Themes

  • Grow the Economy
  • Reduce Deprivation


  • Addresses need to regenerate a historic, iconic set of buildings that are part of Glastonbury’s industrial past.
  • Delivers much needed, flexible and multifunctional space

Project Summary

This ambitious project will see two derelict buildings restored to their former glory and brought back into use, not only as a reminder of Glastonbury’s past, but also as a vision for its future.

The buildings will be completely renovated to the highest sustainability standards possible.  Uses will be offices, workshops and co-working areas for local businesses, and affordable spaces for start-up, small and growing businesses.  There will also be a small museum celebrating the town’s industrial heritage.

Powered by locally sourced renewable energy, this new and vibrant business quarter will support local businesses, deliver new employment opportunities and generate economic growth.


Click here to view the planning application details and documents.


Project FAQs

Will the chimney remain?
Yes, the iconic chimney, which has been a Beckery landmark for many years, is staying. The buildings are Grade II listed and this includes the chimney.  In the last five years, the chimney has been repointed and foliage which was growing out of the top removed.

What is the cost of the renovation?
The latest estimates are that the total cost of the renovation project will be in excess of £11.5m. However, now we have the detailed technical drawings, we are about to go out to tender and prices can be firmed up.

Is match funding required?
Yes. We are preparing an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Other potential funders are being explored.

Is planning consent in place?
Planning consent has been approved.  We also need a bat licence which recognises the importance of having appropriate measures in place to accommodate these protected creatures.

When do you hope to start work on the restoration?
Works to the buildings are expected to start June 2024.

What is the intended use of the buildings once the renovation works are complete?
Commercial use such as offices, workshops, studios and small workspaces for new and existing businesses. We aim to attract creative, manufacturing and green businesses. There will also be spaces for educational activities and learning. There will be a café and a small museum will celebrate the town’s industrial heritage.

What about sustainability?
As part of the Town Deal, we will have access to funding from the Robert Richards Initiative to develop innovative sustainability solutions. We aim to reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency and use green power. Exact plans are to be confirmed and are likely to include improving and insulating the buildings, and generating our own electricity – perhaps from air and ground source heat pumps, solar panels, a biomass boiler and if feasible we will generate electricity from the Mill Stream.

When were the buildings last used?
The buildings ceased to operate as a tannery and sheepskin manufacturing site in the 1980s.  There are many people who were associated with the Baily’s Factory that still live in the area and it is evident that there is an enormous amount of love for these buildings and a desire to see them being used again.