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Elmsett post mill circa 1860

This unusual dwelling was part of a larger project in deepest rural Suffolk.  The soft red brick and lime mortar superstructure was all that remained of the original 19th century post mill with planning consent for protection.

 

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Pre-demolition relic

 

Permission was sought to demolish and rebuild, which was successfully negotiated with the local authority, so the relic was hand-dismantled for re-use.

 

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Architectural plans and section

 

Not one room of the modern rebuild had a box-like structure and most of the components had to be either purpose made or detailed on site to fit.  Unusual features:

  • Bespoke curved stone kitchen worktops to suit the radius of the ground floor.
  • Circular traditional lead-rolled roof above ground floor.
  • Powder-coated steel spiral staircase serving four floors.
  • 1 hour fire-resistant walls to stairwell constructed using high-integrity glass blocks (for light transference) on purpose made structural steel support structure.
  • Functioning block and tackle facility at upper roof level along with purpose made wide-opening windows at levels 1 and 2 so that large furniture items can be hoisted externally (thus avoiding the limited internal access of the stairwell).

 

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Architectural exterior elevations

 

Note the block and tackle at roof level; it’s not a faux feature, it is actually needed to hoist furniture to levels 1 and 2.  Moving a sofa to the upper levels via the spiral staircase shaft was not an option.

 

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Construction phase

 

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Feature in The Times newspaper

 

Developer

Private investors

 

Development

Mill Lane, Elmsett.  28 luxury homes, some on acreage lots.  Sale value in excess of $30m.

 

Role

Project Manager, responsible for:

  • Development of town planning approved design to Building Permit compliance
  • Development cost estimate
  • Negotiation and procurement of all construction phase resources
  • Management of demolition phase
  • Management of civil works
  • Management of construction phase through to handover
  • Financial valuations for progress payments