A £1.8m restoration of an 18th century Grade II* listed watermill has won Project of the Year at the East of England Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards.
Sacrewell Mill near Wansford reopened last July after a 12-month project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the William Scott Abbott Trust, which owns Sacrewell Farm.
The mill, which before the restoration was listed on Historic England’s ‘at risk’ register, also won awards in Building Conservation and Tourism and Leisure, entering the project into the RICS Awards Grand Final in London in October, where it will compete with other regional winners, including Hampton Court Palace.
Mill Project Officer Jane Harrison said: “We are absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won Project of the Year. It’s a testament to how well we worked together as a design team.
“It was lovely to bring something that had been classed as ‘at risk’ back into use.”
The mill was nominated for the awards by architectural practice Purcell which worked alongside Jane, project and cost managers The Clarkson Alliance and building firm, Messenger Construction.
Zoë Skelding, partner at Purcell, said: “An enormous amount of work has gone into bringing together all the elements essential to make the project work; the funding, the business plan, the involvement of local people and volunteers, the consents, the drawings and specifications and the contract works.”
Messenger Construction in Tinwell carried out the work and was equally thrilled to win the award and to be recognised for its work.
Last week, Sacrewell also won the green achievement category at the Mercury Business Awards.