Farm and Estate Properties
We frequently work for several rural estates and farms across the South East helping our clients to achieve long term financial returns from their property assets. Projects include diversification schemes and the realisation of potential from redundant buildings. Completed projects range from conversions of many barns to commercial and residential use, through to small extensions and refurbishments of cottages.
Traditional dwelling on historic estate close to Petworth
This building comprised three modestly proportioned conjoined cottages which were in uninhabitable condition. The entire building was Grade II listed, with its origins dating back to around 1550. The site forms part of a large estate located in a rural location in the South Downs National Park, and it was important to the client that a sustainable long-term use of the building could be secured. We designed proposals that altered and adapted the building to form a single large family dwelling whilst fully respecting the historic layout and evolution of the property. Planning and Listed Building consent was obtained, and work on site is now being carried out in a number of phases.
Traditional dwelling on rural estate close to Storrington
This property comprises one half of a pair of semi-detached estate cottages built around 1900 in a traditional style. The cottages would originally have housed workers for the rural estate on which they are located, which is within the South Downs National Park. The property had become outdated, and we designed proposals for a first floor extension with a fully sympathetic external appearance to provide an additional first floor bedroom, with existing first floor space re-utilized to form a bathroom and en-suite shower room. The ground floor space was re-ordered to create a space suitable for modern living.
Farm buildings near Horsham
We are accustomed to designed functional buildings for a variety of different uses, but we always strive to make them as attractive as possible. Our client had a requirement for new agricultural buildings to serve his modest sized farm, and we designed two separate buildings to serve this function. One building was a steel framed barn for housing livestock, and the other was an oak framed barn for storage use. This second barn was designed to broadly replicate the appearance of a traditional Sussex barn and now appears as a feature within the rural landscape.
Campsite location in the South Downs National Park
Our clients who own rural estates and farms often have to diversity to maximize potential business opportunities. One such example is the formation of an eco-campsite located within the South Down National Park. We worked closely with the landowner, the campsite operator and a planning consultant to design suitable facilities.
We are always keen to work on projects that are of benefit to local communities.One such example is the adaptive re-use of a small traditional former agricultural building located in a remote position on a rural estate in the South Downs National Park, to form a forest school. We designed an appropriate and suitable scheme and secured planning consent for the change of use. This building will provide educational opportunities for school children and others to learn about the special qualities of the South Downs National Park.