Whitchurch Silk Mill Sustainable Future
Hampshire County Council
  • Historic building
  • Local Government
  • Refurbishment

Objective

Whitchurch Silk Milk is a Grade II listed textile watermill built in 1815 on the River Test in Hampshire. It is one of only four working silk mills in the country and the only one open to visitors.

The project entitled "Preserving the Fabric" aims to transform Whitchurch Silk Mill into a self-sustaining industrial heritage site.  Mountjoy has been appointed to undertake the conservation, extension, repair and new build works required to transform the Mill.

Solution

Mountjoy has tasked its Special Projects team, familiar with working on listed buildings, with the conservation works which include repairs to the external walls, windows, doors and roof of the Mill Building. A new stairwell and lift installation will provide much-needed access routes and new viewing galleries.  An extended visitor Welcome Building will be constructed to allow for an entrance ticketing area, retail, café and WC facilities to enhance the experience for visitors.  The project has been made possible by a grant of £1.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as private donations.  

The works began in December 2017 and so far the scaffolding has been erected ready for external works and internally the exhibition displays are being altered.