Category Archives: Historic Design

Vaccumm Glazing For Heritage Projects?

Traditionally the challenge of refurbishing older properties was installing glazing which performed better thermally than the usual single pane of glass. Double glazed units, with a gas or air cavity, are normally around 24mm thick. This makes...
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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.