CMS were originally approached in 2011 to provide Architectural, Project Management and Quantity Surveying services to a local land owner with a very unique site in the small town of North Tawton, Devon.

The brief, redevelopment of a historic wool grading site dating back to 1750 which had laid derelict for the last 25+ years. The 2-hectare site comprised a number of mill buildings and wharehouses, grade 2 Listed, bisected in two roughly equal parts by the Mill Leat historically providing hydro power from the river Taw which ran along the Western boundary with open countryside and spectacular views beyond.

The project was conservation led from the outset with lengthy research, studies and consultation with the Local Authority, Town Council and local community. The site also presented a raft of other challenges with issues of flood risk, environmental, contamination, ecology and access. All of which were identified, considered and addressed culminating in proposals for a residential scheme offering accommodation comprising 1, 2 and 3 bed flats together with 2, 4 and 5 bed houses, all provided within the restored existing mill buildings or new build dwellings. A total of 62 dwellings were provided within the £8m construction budget.

A full landscape scheme was developed in parallel including compensatory flood zone areas, swales and interlinked public space the focus of which was the proposed restored and reintroduction of the hydro pump and leat.

The project successfully received full planning and listed building consent approval following some 3 years of hard work by the Design Team and was subsequently purchased by a large Housing Developer. Unfortunately the project then never made it to the construction phase however recently it is understood that a new party is interested in the development so watch this space!