Neglected and derelict historic farm buildings that no longer meet the needs of modern industrialised farming practices are a major problem for conservationists, because alterations can so easily destroy their character.
Here, we acted in a mixed-use development, converting a historic Northumbrian farm house, barns and water mill to form a new home and holiday cottages, and the conversion of the a large granary and range of cartsheds to modern offices for a hi-tec web design company. We were able to win permission for our client for the alterations despite the opposition of planners to any changes to the exterior. Our design for the offices preserves the open character and fine timber roof trusses of the granary as a feature. The project has breathed new life into the disused farm, providing it with an economically sustainable future.