Mill Lodge Leamington Spa Property, Warwickshire home for elderly couple, One bed house photos

Mill Lodge Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK

2 May 2022

Five projects have been awarded RIBA West Midlands Awards

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, central England, UK

Design: Michael Kendrick Architects

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa
photograph © Tom Bird

Mill Lodge Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, West Midlands

Jury Report

Mill lodge makes excellent use of a constrained and slender site within the Leamington Spa Conservation Area. It is a contemporary, one-bedroom dwelling that succeeds in making life easier for an elderly couple, while not compromising on design quality.

Every room in Mill Lodge is designed to be both accessible and functional for an environmentally concerned elderly couple, with the ground floor open plan kitchen and dining sitting at the heart of the house, overlooking the south facing walling garden for two keen gardeners. The architect had to work hard and smart with the manipulation of both spaces and light to maximise the limited site. The design of the joinery and fittings has been carefully designed to ensure efficiency and flexibility for the occupants, with a series of roof lights to create a feeling of openness throughout the interior.

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa
photograph © Tom Bird

The hard working, efficient internal layout is kept simple, with one main room per floor and no corridors. Throughout, the house carefully integrates a number of accessible features such as level thresholds, stair balustrade detailing which doubles as a secondary handrail, an extra-wide landing which is flooded with light for the occupant to use as a reading space. In combination all creating a home for elderly parents, enabling them to maintain independence in their later years, with the support of family close by.

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa
photograph © Tom Bird

Despite the cramped urban conditions, Mill House is designed to feel light, airy and connected to nature, with genuinely thoughtful references to neighbours and the area’s architectural traditions. A clever intervention for a pocket of abandoned land at the end of the street, it has emerged as a resilient, contemporary neighbour and a beautiful family home.

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa
photo © Tom Bird

Mill Lodge Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – Property Information

RIBA region: West Midlands
Architect practice: Michael Kendrick Architects
Date of completion: Mar 2020
Date of occupation: Aug 2020
Client company name: Private
Project city/town: Leamington Spa

Contract value: Confidential
Gross internal area: 75.00 m²
Net internal area: 75.00 m²
Cost per m²: Confidential
Contractor company name: Ward Burges

Mill Lodge, Leamington Spa
photo © Tom Bird


Structural Engineer (below ground): Ian Harban Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer (above ground): Timber Innovations
Planning Consultant: Donna Savage Planning


• RIBA Regional Award
• Regional Award Short List

2022 RIBA West Midlands Awards Winners

2022 RIBA West Midlands Awards Winners

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Location: Warwickshire, West Midlands, central England, UK

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