Project Stage: 

This project consisted of the major repair, conversion and refurbishment of a Grade 2 listed 18th century timber frame agricultural building, probably stables. This building stands centrally within a historic moated farmstead and is an example of 18th century framing, using salvaged timbers from earlier structures. Currently the building is the focal point of a courtyard, which includes a private home, and a school for disabled children. To date, we have carried out an extensive measured survey and a study of the fabric to establish the feasibility of converting the building into a facility to be used in conjunction with the school. At present, potential uses for the building have ranged from a library and group meeting rooms to an open garden room giving minimal shelter for summer use. The timber frame requires extensive repair and the Norfolk reed thatch is beginning to deteriorate such that it will require extensive replacement. The next stage of this project involves the exploration of strategies for resolving the conflict between the need for a contemporary highly serviced space and the conservation of this traditional vernacular building.