Grade II* Listed Country House

This Wiltshire Grade II* listed building was built in 1690 but suffered extensive fire damage in 2012. Although restored, our client - the new owners - wanted to improve and upgrade the house, stables, estate cottages and walled garden, recapturing the original spirit of the estate.

Grade II Style Listed Country House

Photo credit Richmond Bell Architects

The Brief

  • To renovate the entire estate from house and commercial riding school to its former glory as a private house, gardens, and estate.
  • Refurbish and restore the main house sympathetically.
  • To reinstate the historic walled garden, previously a riding facility.
  • Convert existing cottages – previously groom’s accommodation - into ancillary accommodation, guest suite and gym.
  • Re-position the stables to the north of the site, nearer the riding school.
  • Build new canter track, horse walker, manège, stable block and new accommodation.
  • Re-position the main entrance to the estate.

Our Approach

Conservation Considerations
Situated in the Wiltshire countryside, the estate sits in a conservation area, with a nearby potential flood zone, so our role was to ensure any changes didn’t impact on either.

Teamwork
As we gather evidence for planning approval our aim is always to strike a balance between achieving what the client wants, whilst complying with consultant’s findings. So relationships are key.

As with every planning application, it’s a team effort, but the success of this project is down to the vision of our client and architect, as well as the expertise of everyone involved: Heritage Consultant, Landscape Architect, Drainage Consultants, Tree Consultants, Ecologists, Highway Consultants and Planning Officer.

Listed Building Consent

Grade II Style Listed Country House

Photo credit Richmond Bell Architects

Because it’s a Grade II* listed building, when it came to fulfilling the client’s wishes for internal changes to the main house, we liaised very closely with a Heritage Consultant. From proposed extension to wall removal and installing new doors. Their focus was to ensure works didn’t impact on the historic fabric of the building.

Once they carried out and submitted the heritage impact report, we pulled together all their findings, assessing the development from a heritage perspective, checking its accordance with national and local policy, before submitting planning.

Project Management

Project management is a large part of what we do.

Maintaining clear lines of communication between consultants, attending site visits, feeding back report findings, making sure everyone has up to date plans including revisions, client changes or feedback from consultants.

For positive planning outcomes, we’re great believers in transparency. By managing the consultation prior to submitting planning, we can address any issues upfront. Submitting the Planning Application together with planning constraints at the outset.

In this instance, the Architect was able to feedback comments, the Landscape Architect could liaise with the Tree Consultant. We liaised with the Planning Officer and demonstrated that the improvements and benefits proposed, outweighed any harm caused by conservation changes.

And even though there was a little back and forth with the Conservation Officer, it only meant a few tweaks to the plans, i.e.: sustainable flooring in one of the stables and a few minor alterations which the client agreed to.

Grade II Style Listed Country House

Photo credit Richmond Bell Architects

Our biggest issue…

The new access was our biggest issue, but the Heritage Consultant found some historic maps which showed indications of a previous access from the north which helped build our case.

The new entrance meant the removal of a few trees, but once we presented a 3D montage for the Conservation Officer, to demonstrate how new tree planting and screening would ensure it could be sympathetic to its surroundings, he was happy.

Grade II Style Listed Country House

Photo credit Indigo Landscape Architects

RESULT

Planning Approved for:

  • Alterations to main house
  • Conversion of groom’s cottages to ancillary accommodation
  • Conversion of stable to offices
  • Erection of stables
  • New groom accommodation
  • Wider landscape works
  • Reinstatement of walled garden, with the reintroduction of paths, green houses, and vegetation
  • New access

On a separate planning application:

“This Wiltshire country house is an important listed building, so it’s been a privilege to play a part in its future, reinstating its glory as a country house, preserving the estate for a long time to come.”

Dan Roycroft, Atlas Planning Group Director

“The best part of this project was the site visits. It’s such a beautiful house and the clients were really nice. This was a lovely one to work on.”

Rebecca Davis, Project Lead

PROJECT DETAILS

Project: Restoration & New Build
Building: Grade II* Listed Country House
Client: Private
Location: Wiltshire
Status: Planning Granted
Architect: Richmond Bell Architects


PROJECT CONTACT

Dan Roycroft
Director

t: +44 (0)1722 638 008
Email Dan


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