Sacrewell

  • © Context Louise Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of mill from the west across the mill pond
  • © Context Louise Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of the mill and millhouse from the east.
  • © Scheme Before Purcell  Caption: Before view of the mill from the north courtyard access.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of the mill from the north courtyard showing refurbished stables.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of the new hydroelectric wheel within the previously redundant north wheel pit
  • © Scheme Before Purcell  Caption: Before view of the stone floor with historic waterwheel in the background.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of refurbished historic waterwheel with new screening.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of new interpretation within the mill.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of the refurbished roof structure.
  • © Scheme Louis Sinclair  Caption: Completed view of the newly converted stables, now an education and interpretation room.

Application Type

AABC Conservation

Level of Award

Commendation

Region

Eastern

Local Authority Area

Peterborough

Information about this scheme

Sacrewell comprises an18th century Grade II* listed watermill, bakery and mill house on a historic agricultural site in rural Cambridgeshire, run by the charitable organisation the William Scott Abbott Trust and was established in 1964 to provide education to the public on agriculture, food and farming through hands on experience. The mill ceased operations in 1965 and following decades of underuse and short-term repairs had been left on the ‘At Risk Register’. The project has seen the historic fabric and machinery be retained where possible and repaired. Works carried out by trained craftsmen using local materials. Sensitive technical solutions to alleviate inherent problems with structural failure and damp ingress and to improve energy usage and running costs have been applied. New access routes and building services have been thoughtfully integrated and poor quality 20th century buildings have been removed. WSAT’s vision to engage more people in the heritage of the site through activity and interpretation and for the watermill buildings to become a focal point to learn, train and develop specialist skills has been realised.

Credits

Client

The William Scott Abbott Trust

Architect

Purcell

Project Manager

The Clarkson Alliance

Quantity Surveyor

The Clarkson Alliance

Structural Engineer

The Morton Partnership

Services Engineer

King Shaw Associates

Main Contractor

Messenger Construction

Sub-Contractor

Millwright

Local Authority

Peterborough City Council

Heritage Interpretation & Exhibition Design

Vertigo

Heritage Interpretation

Parkin Heritage and Tourism

Historic Buildings Consultant

Cambridge Architectural Research

Heritage Interpretation

Hollinshead Museum & Heritage Services

Primary Use Class

Class D1e - Museums