The Bishops Mill
A significant investment and comprehensive refurbishment has resulted in a major transformation at the listed and picturesque The Bishops Mill inn in Salisbury city centre.
The pub, owned by brewer and pub company Greene King, had been closed since a nerve agent attack in the city in 2018.
The pub’s new interior was designed by Sampson Associates, with the fit out being carried out by Turvey Construction.
Catherine Banfield of Sampson Associates said: “This project was unusual in that the interior had been completely stripped out, so we were working within a bare shell. It is a beautiful building which was previously a water mill and has many lovely original features, so our design aimed to celebrate this. We would also consider our design to be based on the theme of ‘an aspirational home from home.
“We changed the layout of the interior so that the bar was on the same level as the entrance, as the ground floor is on two levels divided by several steps. This made the bar more accessible to those with wheelchairs and buggies. A platform lift was also installed to further enhance ease of access to the interior, which also has a mezzanine level.”
A modern bar back fitting and large mirror were removed to reveal a beautiful original window behind, allowing much more natural light internally. Many of the original walls in brick, flint and other natural materials were left exposed and these were complimented by a contrasting design palette including deep blues and greens.
All new fixtures, fittings and furniture were installed, including a new bar with timber top and painted under counter and back fitting, and an over bar with lighting and suspended glasses. Other design highlights include mirrors, antique brass and new timber flooring.
Catherine Banfield said: “We also invested in some fantastic new furniture pieces with comfortable seating including banquettes and wing armchairs giving a ‘homely’ feel. There is also a variety of tables including tables for two, four and larger groups, making a very flexible space. A small space to the rear of the ground floor incorporates a pool table and games area.”
The mezzanine floor is largely a dining area, incorporating carpeting, bookshelves, TVs and booth seating.
Externally, a garden complete with picnic and dining tables, a newly re-laid terrace, new planting and a pergola runs down to a riverbank
Catherine Banfield concluded: “All of the work was carried out to an extremely high standard and Turvey Construction did a fantastic job – they are really good contractors. The client was also delighted with the scheme and we have had great feedback on the project.”
The pub was officially opened by Salisbury’s mayor Cllr Mike Osment in a ceremony where he was joined by environment minister Therese Coffey and the pub’s general manager Emma Dodge.
Visitors were given a tour of the refurbished building, and Minister Coffey had the opportunity to pull one of the pub’s very first pints with Salisbury MP John Glen, as the pub’s team welcomed the Salisbury community back through the doors.
Emma Dodge, general manager at The Bishops Mill: “It’s brilliant to be back open again. This has been a tough time for our city and it was great to show our appreciation for some of the people who have been directly impacted by events of the past year. It’s amazing to see the new-look pub after its investment and the transformation and we’re now putting a great venue back at the heart of Salisbury. This has been a tough time for everyone involved and we hope our improvements help give the pub, the city and the wider community a welcome boost for the months and years ahead.”
Therese Coffey, environment minister said: “I was absolutely delighted to join the formal reopening of the Bishop’s Mill to customers. Salisbury and the surrounding area have shown incredible resilience since March last year, and this event marks another really important milestone in its return to normality. The government remains committed to supporting Salisbury as it gets back to business, and I look forward to seeing both the pub and the city thrive as its economic recovery continues.”
Turvey Construction Ltd
Turvey Construction Ltd is a specialist building contractor to the hospitality, leisure, retail and entertainment industries. The company has experience working on a wide range of projects including new builds, refurbishments to both Public Houses and Hotels.
In operation since 2003, Turvey Construction has completed work for a number of well-known clients such as Greene King, Mitchells & Butlers, Punch Taverns, Hall & Woodhouse, Red Mist Leisure, St Austell Brewery, Youngs, Brakspear and Loch Fyne.
Turvey Construction was recently involved with the refurbishment of The Bishops Mill Public House for Greene King. As the project’s main contractor, the company was responsible for extensive refurbishment works to all the trading areas internally and substantial improvement works to the rear external drinking area, as well as coordinating Client direct specialists such as Cellar/Tech services, IT, sound and vision.
Paolo Gilardoni, Greene King Project Manager, said:
“I would like to thank Turvey Construction for their efforts in working closely with our Designers and Direct Contractors to produce a stunning end result that will be a valuable asset to our business.”
Russell Newcombe, Commercial Manager, said:
“We at Turvey Construction were very pleased to be involved in this project as the Pub is in a very prominent location within Salisbury City Centre and represents one of our Clients’ top brands.
“We at Turvey Construction pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service and quality within this fast track section of the construction industry. We will always stand by our ‘can do’ attitude which allows us to produce bespoke solutions for our Clients when required. We feel this ethos continues to earn us repeat business from our valued Clients.”