Jamie Oliver calls in renovations at £6m Essex mansion as thousands lose jobs in restaurant empire collapse

JAMIE Oliver today called in renovation works for his £6m Essex mansion – despite his restaurant empire collapse.

Construction workers were spotted on the roof of the impressive Tudor property this morning, just one of Oliver's two multi-million properties.

The 44-year-old, worth an estimated £100m, has not been seen since it was announced his restaurant chain had folded – leaving 1,000 employees without a job.

Yet as the newly unemployed workers grapple over their future, renovation works are currently still ongoing at Oliver's 16th Century home in Essex, said to be a six-bedroom farmhouse with converted stables that sits on a sprawling 70-acre estate.

It had been reported the stables were going to be used for the dad-of-five to film cooking shows and even hold his own masterclasses.

A furniture van and roof van were seen at the property today, along with a worker maintaining the gardens.

It is unknown if the chef and his wife Jools have moved into the home yet – previously having shown off the inside of their plush £8.9million mansion at Hampstead Heath.

Their other home, a Grade II property, is complete with seven bedrooms and an open plan kitchen.

The couple enjoy their beautiful home with their kids — Poppy, 17, Daisy, 16, Petal, 10, Buddy Bear, eight, and River, two.

It comes as Oliver revealed how he was "deeply saddened" to see his empire of restaurants collapse.

Oliver had reportedly pumped £13million of his own money into the chain to try and save it but it was this week revealed the empire lost a whopping £29million in June one year in 2017.

Just three restaurants will now stay open in the short term after 22 were confirmed as closed – two Jamie's Italian restaurants and Jamie Oliver's Diner all based at Gatwick Airport.

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