Cheshire interiors – Lymm Water Tower

The 19th century Lymm Water Tower was sold by North West Water in 1996 and has been ‘re-imagined’ into a glorious family home, writes Kate Houghton.

Cheshire Life – 12 July 2016

The new rules of the property game

Figures published this week show that almost one in three house sales fell through between April and June against a backdrop of reports on property-price discounts. So how do sellers and buyers navigate their way through this post-EU referendum market?

The Times – 8 July 2016

The stunning home that comes WITH £50,000 a year: Homeowner will get the cash from phone firms if they buy £2.5million 19th century tower with amazing futuristic interior

Lymm Water Tower was a working water system up until the 1970s but has since been transformed, and now has a modern house wrapped around the base of the 130-year-old water tower.

Mail Online – 23 June 2016

Converted water tower, a ‘Grand Designs’ favourite, for sale for the first time at £2.5m

Frustrated house-hunters have little to choose from in the run up to next week’s European Referendum. Many prospective vendors are awaiting a result before putting up the estate agent boards. But there is one gem which has gone on sale this weekend.

The Telegraph – 18 June 2016

Kevin McCloud’s top 100 Grand Designs:futuristic, James Bond-style lair in a historic 90ft water tower for sale for £2.5m

The winner of 11 awards and on the market for the first time since completion, this stunning conversion is a perfect hideaway

Evening Standard – Friday 10 June 2016

Tower houses

Elevation offers many special – and often sublime – advantages. Living up high provides a feeling of openness and light, as well as a greater sense of space and freedom.

ft.com – 16/11/2014

The best of Grand Designs

Kevin McCloud has just published his latest book; The Best of Grand Designs in which he has selected his favourite 75 homes in the UK

RussellHarris.com – 29/11/2012

Lymm Water Tower Six Years On

The Sunday Times Home supplement featured as its cover page Lymm Water Tower to introduce an article about Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

EllisWilliams Architects – 12/10/2012

A Towering Success

Russell and Jannette Harris converted and extended a Grade-II listed Victorian water tower into a stunning contemporary property. Turn to Page 25.

UPTOWN – Nov 2009

From Water tower to Minimalist Home

A Victorian water tower has been converted and extended into a stunning, minimalist award winning home.

Homebuilding & Renovating – 18/12/2008

I own Britain’s Best Home: There’s no place like (my) home

He’s travelled far and wide in search of the country’s finest homes, but would Russell Harris swap his own water tower conversion for any of them? Jonny Beardsall checks his socks and puts the question.

Telegraph – 15/05/2008

Bare-faced chic

He wanted a state-of-the-art minimalist shrine; she didn’t want to part with her antiques. Hannah Booth follows one couple’s journey into ‘statement’ style living

The Guardian – 21/10/2006

The magnificent seven

FROM a multi-million-pound scheme to redevelop a redundant area of the city to a converted water tower, the very best new homes built across the region were celebrated at the Manchester Evening News Residential Property Awards.

Manchester Evening News – 7 OCT 2005

Towering ambition

After eight years of toil and £425,000 over budget, the owners of a Victorian water tower have a home that takes their breath away, says Victoria O’Brien

The Guardian – 07/10/2005

Tower of Power

Smart homes are cropping up everywhere these days… IAN GALE casts his eye over an unusual home install and its Linn-powered multi-room audio set-up…

Smarthouse – 01/04/2005

An essay in calm modernism – with an old water tower at its core

he Harris family purchased the grade II-listed Lymm Water Tower six years ago, with the aim of making a contribution to local heritage by rescuing a derelict building, while creating a design-led, minimalist family home of the future

LivingEDGE – 01/04/2005

Me And My Home: The tower lights the way

Russell and Jannette Harris ditched the chintz for an uncompromisingly minimalist lifestyle

Independent – 16/02/2005

Water tower wonder is one of UK’s best

IT HAS taken seven years, a staggering amount of money, and an incalculable emotional cost but the conversion of Lymm Water Tower from crumbling pile of stone to stunning house is complete.

Manchester Evening News – 13/10/2004

Tall order for tower couple

TIME is running out for a couple transforming a Grade II water tower at Lymm into a dramatic, modern family home.

Manchester Evening News – 13/08/2004

Going up in the world

Converted Victorian water towers are the next big thing for those seeking unusual homes, find Sarah Lonsdale

Telegraph – 24/03/2004

‘Jannette’s still speaking to me. She’s getting excited…’

It’s been a long time – and it’s going to get longer. Sharon Martin reports on Russell Harris’s ongoing struggle to turn a defunct Cheshire water tower into home.

Telegraph – 31/01/2004

Up and down is the long and short of it

As Russell Harris’s plan to convert Lymm Tower, in Cheshire, into a family home nears completion, he tells Sharon Martin of the fraught, final stages

Telegraph – 25/10/2003

Tower hits the home stretch

As Russell Harris prepares to finish his self-build project, he talks to Malcolm Moore about his future plans.

Telegraph – 07/06/2003

A dream coming true – all over by Christmas?

The Harrises are converting and extending a Grade-II listed, 1870 water tower in Lymm, Cheshire, into a modern, family home. The build is scheduled to finish next summer.

Telegraph – 14/12/2002

Towering Ambition

ONE couple’s six-year fight to make renovation dreams come true in a fairy-tale tower.

Readers Homes – Manchester Evening News, 04/12/2002

Coming along nicely – the homes of their dreams

There’s a long, hard road to travel if you want to create the perfect place of your own. Malcolm Moore provides a progress report on three very different self-builders wrestling with planners, workmen and escalating bills

Telegraph -12:01AM BST 27 Apr 2002

Self-building: the future’s all planned out

Once the preserve of architectural cranks, millionaires and zealots, taking the DIY route to home ownership is on the increase in Britain. Malcolm Moore speaks to the self-builders-in-waiting before the work begins

Telegraph – 12:01AM GMT 09 Feb 2002

RIBA Awards for Architecture 2005
Short Listed
RIBA Awards for Architecture 2006

Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors Awards 2006
Highly Commended

Grand Designs Awards 2006

Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2005
Best Contemporary Home - Winner
Overall Winner for 2005

National Built in Quality Awards 2005
Best One-Off House - Winner
Warrington LABC Quality Award 2005
Overall Winner
Cheshire Built in Quality Award 2005
Overall Winner

British Lighting Design Awards 2005
Best Residential Design - Winner

Manchester Evening News Residential Property Awards 2005
Best Conversion - Winner

Andy Swan Award 2005
Best Rendered House - Winner