A project to refurbish the second floor of St James’ Mill, a very prominent Grade I Listed building in Norwich, on the banks of the River Wensum in Fishergate.
The second floor of the Mill had been virtually untouched since housing first a textile industry and later factory accommodation for a chocolate manufacturer. Complete modernisation was therefore required with the proposal incorporating a new sprinkler system, lighting, ceiling tiles and grid, raised computer floor with data cabling, radiators and refurbished windows.
The scheme worked with the existing structure, the ceiling tiles being centred on the main ceiling beams. To the eastern corner of the substantial floor space a number of individual offices were constructed. These featured a high standard of ash joinery to match the main entrance doors, incorporating very distinctive levels of ironmongery to match the ironmongery visible throughout the Mill.
The proposal successfully maintained the form and character of the existing building whilst providing very modern facilities for the occupants.