The design recreates the feeling of a Mill complex on the site with a 4½ storey Mill building alongside the Mill pond, behind which are two blocks of barns reflecting the historical precedent of subservient buildings associated with the principal Mill building.
Kempston Mill is located in an attractive riverside location on the edge of Kempston, just three kilometres from the centre of Bedford. The site was destroyed but fire in 1969, before which a former watermill stood on the 0.79 hectare site.
Despite the then subsequent establishment of an industrial estate on the site, vestiges of the Mill use – the pond, the old turbine chamber, and associated brick arches – were positively incorporated into the development. Our carefully considered urban design makes the best use of a unique site, set in a prominent position next to the River Great Ouse.
The ‘landmark’ Mill building enhances the character and appearance of the area, while maintaining the integrity of the two adjacent listed buildings.
Kempston Mill, Bedfordshire