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The Old School becomes The Clockspire

clockspire croppedThe Milborne Port Magazine has kindly allowed for this article, originally appearing in the October edition to be published here.

Mike Fisher writes: As you may know this rather sad and neglected building stood empty for a number of years in the village. When it came up for sale in auction Charles and I thought it a wonderful opportunity to restore and once again make the building a focus of the village.

By using the building as a restaurant, it has a similar semi-public use as the original school. Now that its restoration is nearing completion it has once again become a landmark within the village and sits proudly on its raised embankment and makes a significant architectural statement. We also hope it adds a social focus to the village as well as generating some employment - (we are looking for staff at this moment). We hope to open the restaurant mid-October.

clockspire croppedThe school, latterly the Medlycott Centre, was originally built by Sir William Medlycott in 1854. Studio Indigo, the London-based designers, carefully studied the history of the building to ensure that the refurbishment highlighted its heritage and took great care in considering the community from planning to completion. Architecturally, Studio Indigo brought back to life many of the historical features both internally and externally, including the restoration of the clock tower which still stands today as a symbol and prominent landmark of the town. 

The East Hall now accommodates the new chef's kitchen and a new mezzanine level has been created where customers will be able to order a drink and truly appreciate the striking ceiling from a different perspective- the roof's original exposed timber beams that envelop the ceiling entirely have now become the heart of the space. 

The Clockspire will be run by the experienced restaurateurs Alessandro Fasoli and John Campbell, and the talented British Chef Luke Sutton.  With ingredient led cooking at his heart, he is always striving to limit waste and preserve the quality of our surroundings.

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