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Tours

RIBA South Great British Buildings - Whitchurch Silk Mill

Join the architect of Whitchurch Silk Mill for a one off architectural talk and tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building an RIBA Award winner.

Join the architect of Whitchurch Silk Mill for a one off architectural talk and tour as they reveal the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what makes their building a RIBA Award winner.

This refurbished Georgian silk mill, situated in the charming English countryside in Whitchurch, has been sensitively preserved and extended to encapsulate the rich history of the silk mill. The architects have thoughtfully delivered a renovated space for the community and visitors alike, that is truly a joy to experience.

Architecturally the design team have achieved something remarkable. The details are sensitively considered, the orientation clear and the materiality contextual. The interventions in the main mill building have sympathetically upgraded the viewing experience with the introduction of tasteful detailing. The landscaped seating area and decking further add to the charm of the renovation, and the newly built Welcome Building’s exterior humbly imitates the existing main building in form and aesthetic.

The approach to conservation and restoration works was one of minimal intervention and the repairs were undertaken using traditional methods. Great consideration was also given to the ecology and inclusivity of the site, with extensive environmental assessments undertaken.

The sincerity with which the renovations have taken place are the key to this project’s success. The alliance between client and architect has cultivated a masterpiece in conservation architecture that has transformed a one-time visit novelty into a vibrant multi visit attraction with additional revenue streams.

This event is part of our Great British Buildings series of talks and tours around the country.