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The Mill Tower featured on The Restoration Man on

5th January 2012 on Channel 4.


Nominee for the Grand Design Awards 2012





R J Gibbs & Sons Ltd



The Mill Tower


We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to convert an old windmill into a residential property.


The build included renovation of the mill tower plus a new barn to the side.


It featured on Channel 4's The Restorarion Man



Mike with The Restoration Man, George Clarke


George sent the follwing comment on Twitter:

"@MichaelOGibbs this top bloke was the builder for tonight's of the best restoration builders in the country"
Jan 05, 8:59 AM via Twitter for iPhone







Unfortunately, Nikki, the owner of the windmill died of cancer before the mill was complete.

Nikki's family have set up a trust in her name with 3 aims: to raise awareness of the HPV vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer, to make this vaccine available to more girls and to improve pain relief for cancer sufferers.

They would appreciate any support that you can give.



27th June 2011

The cap and sails have now been successfully fitted to the top of the Mill tower.

The original cap blew off 95 years ago and so for all involved this was a very special moment.






14th November 2011

The Mill Tower is now almost finished.

Today was the final day of filming for The Restoration Man and the client has moved in.






And now for the internal shots....







The glass bridge connecting the mill

to the new barn


An upstairs living space


The gallery landing




Where there's a will there's a way!!






Contact details:


Mike, Dan and Rod Gibbs




Tel: 01233 720378


Before the cap blew off




Designed by David Benge Design Associates

Canterbury, Kent





The main posts use 9" x 15" timbers and where ever possible will remain on show from the inside of the property.



The barn frame (above) is constructed in oak using traditional methods. 

The Mill cap (below) is built on site with a structurally designed steel and oak framework.



The mill cap cladding is made from Accoya, which is an engineered softwood which has been developed to offer a 50 year guarantee.




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Above and below: In the glazed link




The oak and steel staircase follows the curve of the mill and then twists in the opposite direction at the bottom of the flight...quite a challenge!!




Alot of the oak framework remains exposed in the new barn.


The stairs in the mill tower provided an even greater challenge due to the tapering of the tower as it ascended 



And the access to the final floor of the mill caused further head scratching, with the final result being a ladder that can be hooked out of the way when not in use.


Thanks to everyone who has helped with the build. Our team have been fantastic and the building looks amazing.


Also thank you to everyone who has shown such a great deal of interest in this project.


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