Marcham Mill is a Grade 2 listed building that had some sub-standard extension work completed in the 1960s. Our brief was to demolish the modern extensions that weren’t in keeping with the original building and replace them with two new extensions at either end of the building and restore the original mill to its former glory following neglect.
The mill race, the channel which used to carry a swift current of water to drive the mill wheel itself had been altered as part of the work undertaken in the 1960s, but there were some original wheels and mechanisms still in situ within the roof timbers, and the historical timbers needed repairing along with repairs to the roof to salvage the look and feel of the original building.
It was a particularly challenging project because of the nature, age and condition of the building; the lintels were rotten, and a timber veneer had been used by the previous owner to cover the damage. There were also masonry repairs needed and lintel replacements required in some places. We liaised closely with specialists in building restoration to develop sympathetic repairs to the masonry and existing roof trusses.
In the mill itself, we adjusted and reduced the floor level by digging internally; original features including a large downstand beam in the kitchen meant the room height was restricted and not sufficient for a modern residence.