One of a Kind: A crumbling Grade II Listed Mill restored to its former glory using bespoke glazing

As of 2016 there were 377,587 listed buildings entries in England. Grade II buildings are of special interest warranting a historic and architectural interest to support the effort to preserve them. Over 90% of all listed buildings are in this grade.

With so much attention devoted to exterior design, the interior of a home can often get overlooked or forgotten, but as Grade II listed properties go exteriors cannot be altered. When you only have the interior to work with, it is worth devoting some time considering the style you want to achieve. Focusing on an industrial interior design often enhance the property from built-in architecture advantages. Key focus areas for creating a brighter space, are slim framed external doors, plenty of internal glazing and the layout.

The Ashford Mill is located in the Peak District National Park and has been completed to show off its historic background. IQ Glass recently supplied and fitted a pair of beautiful bespoke doors with an arched head to a Grade II Listed corn mill which is approximately 1,000 years old, built before 1043 AD. These steel framed double doors have been designed with slim framing to follow the industrial style interior whilst allowing natural light ingress into the space and views of the other areas within the home.

The result: the previously dark and crumbling building has been restored and transformed into an inspired mix of contemporary design including the arched steel glazed doors against traditional industrial features, including stone walls, old arches, stone steps and the original mill wheel.

Tom Grey and Michael Griffiths, Founders of Grey + Griffiths Architects:

“Respect for the existing building fabric was critical to the success of the refurbishment of this beautiful and historic mill. Blending the old and the new sensitively involved careful consideration of each element that was introduced. As the point of arrival the new entrance doors immediately convey the love and craft that has gone into the restoration. The bespoke design of the doors and minimal frames provide a sympathetic touch that help to display the character of this wonderful old building.”