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The Property:

A large self-build residential project to convert two historic derelict mill buildings on the site of a former blacking mill into a house with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, workshop and office in South Lakeland.

The blacking mill, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, had been empty and deteriorating for 60 years requiring full restoration.

Featured on Grand Designs on Channel 4 broadcast on 6th October 2021.

Watch the programme highlights in the video below or watch the full episode on the Channel 4 website here.

The Designer and Developer:

An ambitious challenge by creative architects at Tape Design, King Street, Ulverston.

The Requirement:

To provide contemporary aluminium windows and doors with flat, square edged profiles in a dark grey paint finish. A very important detail was to ensure that the polyester powder coated frames were manufactured in a colour that was sympathetic to the facing materials of the mill building and site environment.

Due to the location on the narrow valley floor, particular focus had to be placed on maximising opportunities to enhance natural light entering the building and therefore design and layout was a vital consideration to ensure that frame work was kept to a minimum.

The Solution:

Marlin Windows aluminium window and door systems were integrated into a new timber-framed house dropped inside the footprint of the existing mill building.

Thermally efficient and secure aluminium glazing products were painted in textured Vulcan Black to work in perfect harmony with the different external finishes.

The main feature windows were specified in Marlin's EcoFutural system allowing achievement of the maximum unobtrusive glass areas complemented by Alitherm 800 casement windows being used elsewhere for natural ventilation and fire egress solutions.

Visoglide Plus sliding doors with slim interlocks were designed into the open plan living space to maximise access opportunities onto the patio and enhance views towards Newland Beck and beyond.

A wide Smart Designer Door with low threshold and matching side lights was provided as a statement main entrance way with Marlin's Alitherm Plus door system elsewhere for access to the workshop, utility and roof garden areas.

Marlin Windows On TV - Grand Designs Channel 4 - Broadcast October 6th 2021

Marlin feature in the new 2021 series- South Lakeland Episode

Watch the programme highlights in under 2 minutes

The Reaction:

"prudently sourced windows at a reasonable cost."

"nothing gets in the way of these views which are so strong that it's almost like standing in a gallery...

that vast window is panoramic like a super wide screen cinema screen... it almost completely fills my field of vision"

Kevin McCloud - Grand Designs Presenter - Channel 4

More On This Project:

 

The completed derelict mill reconstruction for Grand Designs 2021 on Channel 4 in South Lakeland Cumbria
3D Design for wooden structure within derelict blacking mill footprint
The completed new build wooden house sits inside the reconstructed  mill ruin for season 22 of Channel 4's Grand Designs in South Lake District Cumbria
overhead view of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lakeland Cumbria
end view 3D design of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lakeland Cumbria
end view of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lake District Cumbria
the aluminium windows inside the South Lakeland Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction
Ruth, Robert and friend outside their newly constructed Grand Designs mill in South Lakeland Cumbria
The completed derelict mill reconstruction for Grand Designs 2021 on Channel 4 in South Lakeland Cumbria

Full video transcript

Kevin McCloud - "Rob and Ruth ambitiously hope to avoid trashing the place by conserving the dilapidated characterful mill buildings as they are and within the existing walls slot in an entirely new timber frame structure as though the new is growing out of the old.

The larger North building will become the centrepiece of this project a 250 m² two story home. The ground floor will contain a large open plan kitchen dining room and living room with a very large 7 m wide window that will visually connect the building to the beautiful river valley just outside.

Thankfully late spring sees an important milestone reached with the installation of 38 prudently sourced windows at a reasonable cost of £28,000".

Ruth - "it's just going to be nicer to work in here because it's quite cold".

Kevin - "Oh heavens, well, that is good. Oh my word, staggering!

Hey I was passing and followed the heritage signs and discovered a big thrusting building in a valley, it's great"

Rob - "thank you"

Kevin - "so you no longer look like building goblins, you've morphed into human beings"

Ruth - "buzzing aren't we, proud of it".

Kevin - "Oh my, this is giant, and nothing gets in the way of these views which are so strong that it's almost like standing in a gallery...

and that window, that vast window which is panoramic, like a super wide screen cinema screen, I expect suddenly to see a wild bison to emerge through the woods or a polecat to come and drink at the water you know, it almost completely fills my field of vision".

 


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Rated 5.0 out of 5 Nicholas Kitchen

...really helpful with all my technical queries, which helped make sure my orders were mm perfect and the doors all went in smoothly...
They look great - will do it all again in our next house!

 

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Super customer service, they actually answer the phone and call back promptly if they’re not available... very helpful throughout with technical advice.

 

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