This project involved the refurbishment of a derelict water mill within Muiravonside Country Park near Linlithgow. The project has generated a huge amount of interest and has become a talking point among locals and visitors to the park.
On behalf of Falkirk Council, I secured lottery funding and was responsible for the design and project management of the refurbishment, which not only saved a local building steeped in history dating back centuries but delivered a much needed Outdoor Education Center to Falkirk Council Community Services on time and within budget.
Located next to the river Avon the mill is a charming two-storey building of traditional construction with sandstone masonry walls and timber trusses. Part of the structure acts as a retaining wall to a narrow access track which runs parallel to the river and provides access to the first floor. The continuation of the track down to the river provides access to the ground floor and although some renovation work was carried out previously the building had been neglected and vandalised and was in a poor condition at the start of the project.
Health and Safety was a major concern on this project. The dangerous condition of the mill made carrying out asbestos and structural surveys challenging. Pipistrelle bats where also roosting behind the old barge boards and I worked closely with consultants from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Wildlife and Habitats Unit of the Scottish Executive. A local Consultant Zoologist was also part of the design team and was a huge help in allowing me to successfully obtaining permission from the Scottish Executive to proceed with the project.
The materials together with the construction methods used in the original design and the close proximity of the river Avon generated a large number of challenges in both the design and construction phases of the project. Resolving these problems allowed me to incorporate a number of specialist applications into the design such as Waterproofing Membrane Systems, High Performance Sewage Treatment Plants and Gabion Walls.
These photographs show the condition of the building prior to the project beginning together with the construction process and the completed building.