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MILLEND MILL, GLOUCESTERSHIRE UK

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Millend Mill, Gloucestershire UK

Year: 2012 – 2015

AIA Award for ‘Best Creative Reuse of Industrial Building’ in 2015

 

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Millend Mill is a Grade II listed Woollen cloth Mill dating from the 1550s.

Works involved restoring a derelict ancient building, converting the upper levels to housing and bringing the traditional function of the old Mill back to life by extracting energy from a River.

The design retains the entity and grandeur of the old Mill without compromising its industrial origins through domestic use.

11 apartments are built over an open plan hall – a function space and community museum dedicated to the historical workings of the Mill. At ground level, the floor is opened to expose the culverts running through the building and an elm waterwheel harnesses energy from the moving water.

The museum features archaeological findings including Mill stones, spindles and gantries as well as information on energy production.

 

Elm waterwheel during construction – designed to harness River running through the building and generate energy for the occupants 24 hours, 7 days a week

 

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Project Team:

Undercurrent Architects: Didier Ryan

John Mills Engineers

Bob Brewer Contractors

 

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