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Corn Mill Llangollen

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Project name: Corn Mill Llangollen

Location: Llangollen, Denbighshire

Contract: JCT Standard

Value: £1,100,000

Duration: 42 weeks


From its humble beginnings as a Corn Mill grinding flour on the edge of the River Dee, this Grade II Listed renovation project took the derelict Mill building from run down wreck, to a vibrant and enormously successful restaurant and pub.

SAFE – Delivered in the small rural town of Llangollen, this project sits in the River Dee, bounded on 3 sides by the river and accessible only via a narrow lane, access and safe maintenance of public routes presented a particular challenge. Throughout the project there were ZERO RIDDOR events, ZERO HSE interventions and ZERO accidents or injuries involving members of the public.

COLLABORATIVE – As a Grade II Listed building and with significant interest from the Welsh Mills Society, the River Authority, CADW and local interest groups, the co-ordination of communications and engagement activities was paramount to the smooth progression of the project, which was achieved through a combination of consultation and open events.

ADAPTABLE – Alongside the issues of working over the river rapids, the project presented a diverse set of challenges from hoisting of large steel members without access for cranes to damming of the mill race and excavation of 20m3 silt from the bed. Read’s team adapted to the requirements, calling on specialist supply chain for complex operations and applying traditional methods to complete activities on time.

What was said ...
  • Colin Jones - Director Colin Jones Roofing

    Working on a site with so many constraints challenged from day one to completion.  Despite all the constraints, at all times access to undertake our works was well planned, with attention to detail, communication and the overall reward for working on this landmark project was totally appropriate.

    Sincere thanks to the site team for an excellent job.  We look forward to working with the team at a later date.

  • Sion Lloyd - Managing Director, J Lloyd & Sons Ltd

    Constructing a large steel structure in the middle of the river Dee was a task made easy due to the total ability of Read.  The risk of failure and incident was high, however due to team working all risks were mitigated with total competency.

    The structural work within the building demanded total understanding and ability.  Due to the excellent operatives and managers on site, all structural works were completed without incident, a significant achievement on a building of this type, location and age.

    Well done team.

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