Cutting-edge home

A ruined 19th century windmill in Cambridgeshire has been given a smart eco-makeover with the help of efficiency specialists Eco Installer. The Grade II listed Tower Mill in Little Downham, had fallen into disrepair, with no sails, windows or cap, but has now been sympathetically developed into a stylish and modern eco-friendly home while retaining the beauty of its wind-powered past.

The team at Eco Installer worked hand-inhand with Freeman Brear Architects who developed the initial design and details such as a glazed viewing area and mezzanine which provide uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside and allows night-time observation of the big Fenland skies.

Roland Gurner from Eco Installer said: “Our homes and the way we construct them will have a huge role in ensuring we enjoy a more sustainable future. Tower Mill is a prime example of how technology is helping to drive sustainable solutions and helping to address both environmental and economic concerns.

“Its 10-kilowatt photo-voltaic roof panels – which charge a state-of-the-art storage battery system – triple-glazed windows and heavily insulated walls all increase the mill’s energy efficiency and prevent unnecessary waste.”