THE MILL HOUSE, WILTSHIRE
- Location: Wiltshire AONB
- Client: Private
- Project status: Completed
- Project type: Restoration and conversion
- Size: 335 sqm
RBA were appointed in 2019 to design restoration and renovation works to this Grade II listed Mill House near Tisbury.
The original house dates to the mid 18th-century and has been altered a lot over the last hundred years. In the 1970s, the owners partially demolished the mill shed when converting the building to a house. This left it without a roof. A replacement iron waterwheel and gears were also added at this time.
RBA proposed replacing the mill shed roof and reinstating the missing ground floor to create living space, moving the mill machinery to the stables and garages and clearing and restoring the remaining pits. Other proposed restorations include the replacement of some of the windows and doors with more traditional timber casement ones.
RBA worked closely with David Stirling at Simul Consultants, and spoke to specialist millwrights to ensure that the restorations were sensitive to the history of the mill. The site also lies in the Cranborne Chase AONB. Wiltshire Council granted planning permission and listed building consent for the project in May 2020. Work on the mill house should finish by Spring 2022.