Category Archives: Historic Design

A Fixer-Upper!

That moment when you really need to trust your architectural vision.

These photographs are of a barn in Gloucestershire that we busy completing the technical design for construction.  The vegetation has been stripped away to reveal the building in all its glory. Thinking buildings gained consent for this 4 bedroom barn conversion last year and the site (and building) was sold for development. Of course it looks worse than it is, the photo’s don’t show the attractive brick facade to the roadside, and the rather inventive use of cladding (using anything that was at hand by the looks of it) will be stripped back  to the timber frame and trusses to allow for re-cladding and the introduction of a new traditional slate roof. More to follow as we track progress on this transition from ugly ducking to a homely barn and home…….

Working With Grade 2* Listed Buildings

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A little while ago Thinking Buildings obtained planning consent for this beauty of a building to convert the Grade 2* listed school house into residential use. The building sits close to the centre of Cirencester and it was good to visit it once more to meet with the new owner who will develop the scheme to construction. Thinking Buildings really enjoys the challenge of working with listed buildings and this is an excellent example of how we were able to develop a positive relationship with English Heritage and the council’s Conservation Officer.

Primary School Scheme Submitted For Planning

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We have submitted a planning application on behalf of Bibury CoE Primary school. The existing school is a Grade II listed building with two classrooms, a central hall space and support spaces for staff. With modern methods of teaching the school really needs many small teaching spaces rather than the two large spaces they currently have. The current hall space is central to the school, which is great for access but also means it is used as much for circulation as activities.

Working with the school Thinking Buildings came to a two-part solution: construct a new hall to the east of the existing school, and refurbish the existing hall and some of the support spaces to provide a teaching hub, a library on a new mezzanine level and a small group room. This approach gives the school many more options for where and how to teach and makes for a more dynamic environment for the children.

The hall extension building is proposed to be a simple pitched roof form, with a low-level stone plinth and oak cladding above. The cladding will weather to a beautiful silver finish, which will complement the Cotswold stone of the existing building. The playground face is provided with large format glazed doors, giving light to the hall and access and connection to the playground. The new hall is linked to the existing building but a discrete single story glazed link.

We’re looking forward to helping the school move this project forward in the coming years.

Official Opening Of New School Buildings

Winchcombe SchoolWe were delighted to be invited back to Winchcombe Abbey Primary School for the official opening of their new school buildings. Last Friday James and Darren attended the official opening of the new buildings, which were blessed by...
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