The Old Mill, Contemporary Extension linking a Group of Listed Buildings, Milford on Sea

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Project Description

A modern intervention linking and restoring a group of Grade II listed, ruined buildings in the New Forest, Hampshire to bring them back into use as a family home.

This unique oasis within the heart of Milford on Sea was overgrown, its waterways silted up and flooded. The three buildings on site include the Old Mill, a significant historic 18th century water mill. The Mill House had been destroyed by fire and the rest of the buildings were badly vandalised and neglected. Our clients bought the site in 2016 and the designs to restore, renovate and extend the group of ruined listed buildings began. 

Due to the site being in a Conservation Area, in a flood zone and including three Grade II listed buildings, this project went through extensive Pre-Application discussions with New Forest District Planning Authority.

The site's importance, overwhelming support by neighbours and a well-attended presentation by WDA helped us gain approval of our application at planning committee in 2018. 

The design consists mostly of a glazed extension linking the three historic buildings to form one dwelling. The new extension was designed to contrast in style and materials to the existing buildings whilst being subservient in height and transparency, allowing the significance and importance of the listed buildings to stand out.  Our landscape concept design was based on historic mapping and old footpaths through the site.

The remaining group of three buildings was once a group of five in the 1890's. This original grouping is reflected within the design of the new extension, through two slightly raised roof elements which signify the exact same location and size of the historic buildings. 

To allow as much transparency as possible within the new extension, the more private rooms such as bedrooms are housed within the walls of the existing buildings. This leaves the new element as mostly open plan living space with panoramic views into the garden and mill stream. The individual pieces of glass were the largest we have ever designed. One piece alone cost £22,000.

Construction on site is due for completion late 2021.


Publications: Featured in Channel 4's 'Extraordinary Extensions' presented by Tinie Tempah in October 2021