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Conversion of Oast Houses to two family dwellings – Frittendon, Kent – LISTED BUILDING - GREEN BELT.

PROJECT AIMS

o create two dwellings by changing the use and converting these Grade ll Listed Buildings.  The Oast’s were deteriorating rapidly and their future was in danger, the Client asked us to produce a scheme to ensure their future but to provide a sustainable use.

Initially a feasibility study was carried out and the Conservation Officer approached, which resulted in the Planning Authority providing written support which gave confidence to proceed.  The design needed to take into account the Historic fabric of the Building but in this case as importantly, the Historic Landscape.  As lead Architects we produced The Heritage, Design and Access Statement, Landscape Appraisal, and co-ordinated other Consultants.

Examples were specialist Conservation Structural Engineer, Environmental Consultants (Bat Emergence Survey) and Flood Consultant.  The approved design provides spacious family accommodation in a fantastic land scape setting, maximises and showcases the Historic features and fabric.  The project delivers a three bedroom family dwelling and a four bedroom dwelling with 21st century living standards.

Green Belt

Our approach was to understand the History of both the building and the Landscape, produce a strategy that encompassed both and balance the need to provide a sustainable future for the building without detracting from the Landscape.  By producing well researched and presented reports along with 3d modelling of the street scene and the Landscape it was possible to demonstrate the conversion would not be detrimental and would enhance, the Historic Landscape by ensuring it could continue to play its roll within the setting.

Listed Building

The conversion was complex however by understanding the Planning and Listed Building constraints we produced a strategy that gained the statutory approvals for the project.  We were pleased that the Parish Council supported the project and there was good Local feedback.  The conversion respects and showcases the existing fabric and many elements are being retained.  This will be a stunning conversion and will result in a long term use for an otherwise redundant building which was at risk.

The project is currently working through discharge of conditions and Building Regulation submission with a start date pencilled in for 2021.  We have completed a laser survey which is underpinning the structural solutions and the recording of the Historic fabric.  It provides a vision of this fantastic project and opportunity for us to exercise our knowledge and skills.

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