Chesterton (French’s) Mill is a collection of notable period and modern buildings lying on a site entirely surrounded by later housing and a primary school. The site is the last remaining Smock Mill of Cambridge and remains in the ownership of the French family who operated the flour milling business for many years. At the time of our commission the site was in commercial use and featured some later light industrial buildings of dubious quality. The intention of the project was to change the use to residential to maximise the potential use of the site, whilst respecting the historic nature of the listed mill and outbuildings and to draw up designs for a potential planning submission.
Caroe Architecture were successful in being appointed as the architect for the project following an architectural competition. We carried out detailed assessments of the site constraints that included many aspects such as parking, overlooking and condition surveying the existing buildings. The information gleaned, led us to recommend the removal of the modern light industrial buildings and their replacement with a terrace of town houses taking references from a local existing housing development of some standing.
The proposal was submitted for pre-application advice and presented to the City Council Design and Conservation Panel and was accepted in principle.
Our client and agent were pleased with this result and decided this was sufficient for marketing the site to attract potential buyers.