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Berkshire

These aerial photographs show the extensive renovation work being carried out on George Clooney's £10 million ($15 million) riverside mansion to convert the sprawling country pile into the perfect marital home.

The Hollywood actor and his human rights lawyer wife Amal Alamuddin, 37, are mid-way through revamping their immaculate nine-bedroom bolthole in the Berkshire village of Sonning, near Reading, England, into an immaculate family home, complete with a home cinema and 360-degree security. As part of a multi-million pound renovation, the pair - who married last year in a lavish four-day ceremony - are installing a new 60ft swimming pool, surrounded in reclaimed York stone, a pool house and a tennis court.

The work on the mansion has begun, and villagers have expressed their outrage. They say the dozens of lorries, trucks and diggers on the quiet roads every day are causing chaos. One resident said: ‘I used to be able to enjoy a short walk along the river and through the village twice a day. Now I am reluctant to take my dog out because I have no idea what I will be faced with.

‘I have lived here for 20 years and never seen anything like this - there is a total lack of respect and disregard for us other residents and there is a really bad negative impact on our village.’ She said the volume of trucks on the road was bringing ‘chaos’ to the village.

Another resident said: ‘It is total chaos outside the house - a full-scale building site. There’s been a big water carrier going back and forth for the last few days that has caused some havoc.’

A pergola, hot tub and 12-seater cinema will also be installed in a converted greenhouse on the site of the Grade II listed property, while builders are also erecting 10 CCTV cameras along the mansion's perimeter.

Each new camera will be housed in a protective vandal-resistant dome and could be tilted or panned to face in any direction, allowing the celebrity couple to keep watch all around their property.

New boundary fencing is also being added around the riverside estate while new solid gates are being fitted for added privacy and security.

The changes have come at a cost, with at least 25 vans being seen in an adjoining car park this week as improvements continued. Builders and lorries have been seen driving through the quaint village, carrying the renovation materials to and from the property.

Even before the work began, the 17th Century property was already something of a luxury. The ivy-covered home boasts a suite of elegant reception rooms with high ceilings, book-lined walls, chandeliers and open fireplaces. There is also a gym and steam room, a library, study, family room, formal dining room and cellar and a boat house.

Eye and Dunsden Parish Council initially objected to the camera plans, claiming they would represent a 'potential infringement of the privacy of neighbouring properties.'