Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire.
An award-winning Class Q permitted development project consisting of the conversion of two tired steel and concrete framed barns near Long Crendon in Buckinghamshire into modern, energy-efficient family homes.
What was the clients’ brief?
For Crinan and Mayfield barn the clients wanted to convert two large barns into two separate contemporary family homes. The desire was for the two barns to “speak the same language” with materials and design, however, to retain individual character. Both barns were to be designed with folded seam black aluminium cladding mixed with other complimenting materials including, timber and concrete and large format steel framed glazing allowing the clients to enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding countryside. As the clients are deeply committed to eco-build and reducing their carbon footprint, it was also very important for the final building to be as energy efficient as possible – with a target of achieving an A Rating.
What did we do?
We began by preparing designs to allow for the buildings to be converted from agricultural to residential through the ‘complicated ‘Class Q’ Permitted Development. Once we were granted the permission, we developed the detailed design balancing achieving both the striking look of the barns and the highest achievable energy efficiency. Our target was not to comprise on either.
What challenges did we need to overcome?
There were a number of constraints surrounding the new Class Q legislation which required careful thought during the planning process and extensive liaison with the local planning authority as well as other parties. The existing structure of the barns had to be retained and no new structure could be added, while the existing envelope of the building could not be broken. Then once the planning was established we still needed to deliver the challenging technical design that would enable us (construction by Stuart Barr), to convert two derelict steel and concrete framed barns into two beautiful modern family homes with an A rating for energy efficiency.
What was the finished result?
The Mayfield barn has been designed, specified and built to the highest standard with energy efficiency consideration interwoven throughout the entire design and build process. The modern home has been recognised by the FMB Awards for its design and build excellence.
Crinan and Mayfield Barns are a perfect example of the potential of countryside living.
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