“With the whole building being brought back from the brink, over the past five years, I cannot wait for new generations to enjoy Halnaker Windmill – as so many have done before.”
Work has been ongoing at the site since 2013, when the windmill was fenced off for safety reasons, and a number of other issues with the building were discovered.
In 2017, phase one of the restoration came to a close when the tile hung façade (consisting of approximately 14,000 hand crafted tiles) was completed by Fowler Building Contractors from Cowfold, and supported by a consultant from Brodie Plant Goddard based in Dorking.
The next stage of development, if planning approval is gained, is to install a door and metal fencing around the building.
The council has been working with RB Construction Group Ltd in Burgess Hill to restore and reinstate the sweeps.
Jeremy Hunt, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said: “I am delighted that we have finally been able to re-fit the sails to the recently restored Halnaker Windmill. This iconic Sussex landmark can once again be seen for miles around in its full glory.
“This is a project I have championed for a number of years and I would like to thank our team at West Sussex County Council, as well as all the contractors involved in the restoration, who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition.
“There are still some finishing touches, such as some railings to be completed, but the windmill can once again take pride of place, situated high on the South Downs.”
You can find out more about the building and the site by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk and searching ‘Halnaker Windmill’.