Our Client wished to undertake a major refurbishment of a former vicarage in a village near Warminster in a project lead by surveyors Knight Frank. This Grade II Listed building has had a long and varied history, starting as a 14th Century Hall House that was altered in the 17th Century, extended in the early 20th Century, and then further altered roughly 70 years later when it was being used as a school.
The Parochial Church Council wanted to enhance the building facilities with a new office, meeting room and toilets at ground floor with a mezzanine of raised seating above. This was to be located in the end bays of the 15th century church which is Grade II listed. The works were to be carried out with minimum disruption to the running of the church and its services and had to cope with the presence of internal graves.
Our architect client had bought a derelict timber and brick barn located in a fantastic position with views across the River Thames at Marlow and to the hills beyond. The barn had been neglected in recent years so the frame timbers had been affected by decay in some areas. There had also been some old movement in sections of the walls, as is to be expected in such an old agricultural building.