Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch

Sensitive preservation and extension of Georgian mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch.
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch. Credit: Joe Low

South RIBA Regional Award 2019

Hampshire County Council Architects (HCC Property Services) for Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust
Contract value: £1.34m
GIA: 802m²
Cost per m²: £1,677
 

A grade II* Georgian mill has been preserved and extended with sincerity and care as a learning and heritage experience, shop and café. The details are sensitively considered, the orientation is clear and the materiality contextual, with restoration including stitching and repointing brickwork. The extended café offers views out onto the River Test and the silk mill, while the exterior of the new Welcome Building humbly imitates its Georgian neighbour. This is done sensitively and to an exacting budget.

Regional Client of the Year
 
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch.
    Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch. Credit: Jon Skipper
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch.
    Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch. Credit: Joe Low
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch.
    Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch. Credit: Joe Low
  • Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch.
    Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch. Credit: Joe Low
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