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Sudbury company ELC Roofing applies finishing touches to Aldeburgh windmill in one of firm's biggest ever restoration projects




The finishing touches are being applied to a major renovation to a landmark windmill, which could be let as a holiday home.

ELC Roofing has spent the last year working on The Old Mill House, in Fort Green, Aldeburgh – one of the biggest projects the Sudbury business has attempted.

Workers have slated the 15-metre circle windmill wall, and scaffolding is now being taken down. The Old Mill House is a deluxe, five-storey Georgian windmill, which was on the market for £1.2 million in 2016.

(L-R)Saffron Hay and Edward Carlo from ELC Roofing on Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (46623957)
(L-R)Saffron Hay and Edward Carlo from ELC Roofing on Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (46623957)

Edward Carlo, manager of ELC Roofing, feels the property will be even more of a landmark once the renovation is finished later this year.

He said: “There is still a lot of work to be done, but the end is nearing.

“We started before the first lockdown. The restrictions came in but we had to battle through everything. It was a challenge anyway, but we had these challenges at the same time.”

Aldeburgh Mill (46614972)
Aldeburgh Mill (46614972)

The Old Mill House was built in 1824 and has been converted into a four-bedroom property with stunning views of the Suffolk coast.

Mr Carlo said: “It is a really nice spot with a great view and it would be amazing in the summer time.

“It is now getting a lot of interest from people who have seen it.”

Mr Carlo said the roof was one of the hardest he has worked on and it has taken the work of a lot of people for it to be a success, with many tools required to renovate it.

The property’s current owner had asked ELC to undertake the renovations. Although plans for its future use have yet to be confirmed, Mr Carlo said it could be offered as a holiday cottage.

“The scaffolding has now come down but we still need to fit the windows,” he said. “Every window shape is different so we are having to make every shape on site.

“This job has been something else. It is completely different to anything we have ever had to do in terms of scale. It is a sight to behold for anyone who has seen it.”

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