Grange Farm, Kirkby la Thorpe

Due to complete in 2019, within the curtilage of a Grade II* Listed Building we have created three new family homes by converting a group of existing farm buildings; one of which is separately Grade II Listed.

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Design

With each building being unique in terms of appearance and structural condition, each therefore has a unique design approach.

Single-storey livestock shelter

A former single-storey livestock shelter has been converted to form a contemporary open-plan, two-storey dwelling.  Owing to the poor quality of the existing brickwork and the fact the building was open on one side, timber has been used to clad two of the walls. The colour of the timber is similar to that of the stone and brick used throughout site whilst also recalling several existing timber buildings which have been demolished.

Two-storey stable block

A former two-storey stable block, which was considered unsuitable for repair following a detailed structural and economic assessment, is being painstakingly taken down by hand and rebuilt. Whilst the building will look identical from the outside and the inside completely transformed into a new dwelling, its fabric will be significantly upgraded to meet today’s standards resulting in reduced running costs.

Grade II Listed former threshing barn

A Grade II Listed former threshing barn with an upper storey granary has been converted into a contemporary open-plan dwelling. The exterior of the building remains the same except for one new carefully positioned door and the re-instatement of a previously bricked-up opening. Aluminium-framed windows and doors with thin frames have been used throughout to increase the amount of natural light that enters the dwelling when compared to using more traditional types. This contemporary approach has also reduced the visual impact of the windows and doors. Our design approach to this dwelling has resulted in a building which has more in common with the original when compared to more conventional approaches to adapting barns for residential use.

We are delighted that this building has been awarded  ‘Best Change of Use of an existing building or conversion’ at the 2019 North Kesteven Building Excellence Awards. It will now be judged at regional level and is a finalist for the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards.

  • “Our design approach to this project has resulted in contemporary design sitting comfortably alongside traditional and Listed Buildings. The scheme was positively received by the Conservation Officer and Planning team at North Kesteven District Council and the conversion of the Grade II Listed former threshing barn was awarded ‘Best Change of Use of an existing building or conversion’ at the 2019 North Kesteven Building Excellence Awards.”