One of our clients lives in a wonderful Cotswold Manor house near Burford and came to us to explore uses for a decaying auxiliary building on the estate.
The existing building was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century as a battery and generator house for a micro-hydro electric plant to serve the estate. Decades ahead of its time, but the machinery became increasing antiquated and ceased to function by the end of the 1960s. The building also fell into disuse and the fabric has degraded significantly in the past fifty years as a result.
Our client wished to refurbish and re-purpose the building, bringing it back into some kind of useful function. We explored a number of possibilities, including extending it to a 1-bed guest house, a gardener’s potting shed or providing a new hydro-electric plant which unfortunately was not viable with current available technology. As is often the case, however, the best solutions are the simplest: the final proposal is to repair and refurbish the building as a multipurpose store and workshop space.
The scheme was submitted to planning at the end of last year and if successful we hope to be bringing this lovely little building back to life very soon.