Tower Mill windmill in Little Downham near Ely powers into the 21st century with an eco make-over
- Credit: Anthony Harrison
A ruined 19th century windmill in Little Downham has been given a 21st century make-over.
The Grade II listed Tower Mill was in disrepair with no sails, windows or cap, but has now been sympathetically developed into a stylish and modern eco-friendly home with the help of efficiency specialists Eco Installer.
The team at Eco Installer worked hand-in-hand with Freeman Brear Architects who developed the initial design and details such as a glazed viewing area and mezzanine which provide uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside and allows night-time observation of the big Fenland skies.
As well as its architecturally-stunning exterior, it has been designed with energy efficiency at its core with a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting system, and a mechanical ventilation system keeps the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer and re-uses up to 95 per cent of the heat that would have otherwise have been lost.
Roland Gurner from Eco Installer said: “Tower Mill is a prime example of how technology is helping to drive sustainable solutions and helping to address both environmental and economic concerns.
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“Its 10-kilowatt photo-voltaic roof panels - which charge a state-of-the-art storage battery system - triple-glazed windows and heavily insulated walls all increase the mill’s energy efficiency and prevent unnecessary waste.”
The mill’s owner Henry Martin said: “I was keen to invest in various renewable technologies to produce a property with the lowest possible carbon, running and maintenance costs.”
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Architect Judith Brear said: “We worked closely with Henry and Eco Installer to create the home of his dreams - an exciting, contemporary, comfortable house which costs little to run and which requires minimum maintenance.”
For further information visit www.ecoinstaller.co.uk or call the showroom on 01353 669000.