Snugborough Mill is a large historic mill in Blockley with origins going back to at least the 15th century. Rupert has been responsible for planning, designing and implementing the restoration of the mill buildings, its water related facilities and creation of new gardens over the last few years.
The project has involved major engineering, building and landscaping works, which have included the following:
- Liaising as necessary with Cotswold District Council and the Environment Agency over planning matters
- refurbishment of the millhouse and construction of a new 3 storey stone and oak framed extension on the site of the original mill
- new driveway and parking layouts
- restoration and flood prevention works to the 150m long millpond and stream
- garden works to create lawns, terraces, steps, stone walling, various bridges, oak framed garden structures, a vegetable and fruit garden with raised beds, and planting of trees and shrubs.
Rupert has undertaken a significant part of the work himself, using various sub-contractors to assist him with the larger scale building and landscaping work as required. The project was selected in 2013 by Cotswold District Council as a Finalist in the Western Regional LABC Building Awards for Best Domestic Extension or Alteration (awarded for building excellence in the delivery of outstanding construction and workmanship).
Future plans include the installation of a restored water turbine to generate electricity.