Creative Re-use of Battery House

Thinking Buildings are currently working to explore how a Grade II listed dilapidated and redundant  former Battery House building can be bought back into sustainable use. This project is for a private client and is one of a series of on-going projects at a large Manor House.

The scheme involves full restoration and conversion of the building into residential accommodation. The design approach is to introduce a new slim zinc roofed element between the existing pitched roofs to open up the inside, giving more head-height and allowing for a new mezzanine floor which will float over the living area below on steel hangers. Triangular windows infill between the existing and proposed roofs to give the impression that the roof is floating to clearly express the old and new.

The existing building has a mill stream running beneath and we are currently investigating the feasibility of using a water powered hydroscrew for electricity generation. The building will be upgraded to meet current thermal requirements.

The scheme has the full support of the Conservation Officer and we expect planning to be submitted very shortly.

Our 3D BIM modelling software really helped us explain the scheme to both the client and Conservation Officer. It’s also been essential in exploring what usable space can be created at the mezzanine level.