The Mill Tower featured on The Restoration Man on 5th January 2012 on Channel 4
Nominee for the Grand Design Awards 2012
The Mill Tower
We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to convert an old windmill into a residential property.
The build included renovation of the mill tower plus a new barn to the side.
Mike with The Restoration Man, George Clarke
George sent the follwing comment on Twitter:
"@MichaelOGibbs this top bloke was the builder for tonight's show...one of the best restoration builders in the country"
Unfortunately, Nikki, who owned the windmill with her husband Pete, died of cancer before the mill was complete.
Nikki's family have set up a trust in her name with 3 aims: to raise awareness of the HPV vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer, to make this vaccine available to more girls and to improve pain relief for cancer sufferers.
They would appreciate any support that you can give.
27th June 2011
The cap and sails have now been successfully fitted to the top of the Mill tower.
The original cap blew off 95 years ago and so for all involved this was a very special moment.
Before the cap blew off
The main posts use 9" x 15" timbers and where ever possible will remain on show from the inside of the property.
The barn frame (above) is constructed in oak using traditional methods.
The Mill cap (below) is built on site with a structurally designed steel and oak framework.
The mill cap cladding is made from Accoya, which is an engineered softwood which has been developed to offer a 50 year guarantee.
R J Gibbs & Sons Ltd
14th November 2011
The Mill Tower is now almost finished.
Today was the final day of filming for The Restoration Man and the client has moved in.
And now for the internal shots....
Above: The glass bridge connecting the mill to the new barn
An upstairs living space
The gallery landing
The oak and steel staircase follows the curve of the mill and then twists in the opposite direction at the bottom of the flight...quite a challenge!!
The stairs in the mill tower (above) provided an even greater challenge due to the tapering of the tower as it ascended
Thanks to everyone who has helped with the build. Our team have been fantastic and the building looks amazing.
Also thank you to everyone who has shown such a great deal of interest in this project.