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Keathbank Mill

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Occupying a prominent position on the banks of the River Ericht, this Category A Listed former working mill has been restored to form 20 unique maisonette and flatted dwellings.

Continuing as a working mill until 1979 and subsequent visitor centre the mill was no longer fit for purpose. Several unfortunate contemporary extensions blighted the Mill, which were removed to create a domestic appearance, more sympathetic to the original, which highlighted the good condition of the existing stone shell of the building. The existing Mill chimney has been reduced in height and now forms the entrance to a dwelling and at first floor level, a walk in shower. Several historic features have also been restored and retained such as the large Mill Wheel and vertical steam engine for viewing by residents.

The design aimed to restore the building and maximise the stunning location steeply sloping down to the river. All dwellings have a strong relationship with the river, including new features such as an external deck projecting 7 metres over the lade to the edge of the river supported on reclaimed cast iron steam pipes from the mill. These spaces along with new public areas opened up around the group of buildings, maximise vistas of the river.

All public rooms have been orientated towards the river with new balconies and terraces aiming to again highlight the panoramic views of the dramatic river. The strict traditional external appearance has been enhanced with new sympathetic window openings which belies the contemporary internal layouts.

The range of house types has been individually designed to offer a varied response to the buildings as a site for modern living.

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