Cotswold Oak Limited
Cost Consultant / Project Management
A complicated refurbishment of a listed stone built mill situated south of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire once in the ownership of the late Ronnie Barker. The Grade 2 listed building was carefully renovated to retain the wealth of existing features – locally quarried stone cladding, natural stone slate roof and exposed structural beams throughout the interior.
Designed by London based architects Alan Higgs, supported by landscape designers Del Buono Gazerwitz, the property was reinvented to provide high end London interior design features combined with traditional external finishes – all to compliment its setting around the incoming mill river, mill race and two tiered mill pools. Further more a system of ground source heat pumps were installed to provide underfloor heating throughout the property. The design team focus was introducing additional features throughout the interior and exterior of the building which included:
- Refurbished mill wheel in full working order
- Fully glazed walk in oriel window flying over the mill race
- Double storey glazed half timbered oak extensions to rear of the property over looking the waterscape designed gardens – this accommodates the master bedroom
- Marble clad master ensuite with bespoke marble bath with infinity edge
- Spiral wine cellar incorporated into the new wing extension
- Fully fitted hammam, a middle eastern variant of a steam bath
The construction hit many challenges with inherent defects discovered in many of the structural elements of the building at first floor and roof levels. Intrusive remediation work was required to fully stabilise the structure.
Notwithstanding the extensive structural repairs that were essential in the refurbishment, and the quality of the interior fit out the project was completed within the original timescales.
The works were successfully completed in 2015