Grange Farm, Kirkby la Thorpe

Within the curtilage of a Grade II* Listed Building, the proposal will provide three new family homes by converting a group of existing farm buildings; one of which is separately Grade II Listed.

  • Site Plan

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 will be converted into a contemporary open-plan, two-storey dwelling.  Owing to the poor quality of the existing brickwork and the fact the building is open on one side, Larch timber cladding will be used to improve its appearance. The colour of the Larch is similar to that of stone and brick used throughout site whilst also recalling several existing timber buildings which are to be demolished. A new zinc roof and aluminum-framed windows and doors are also proposed.

Two-storey stable block

A former two-storey stable block, which was considered unsuitable for repair following a detailed structural and economic assessment, will be painstakingly taken down by hand and then 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.

Grade II Listed former threshing barn

A Grade II Listed former threshing barn with an upper storey granary will be converted into a contemporary open-plan dwelling. The exterior of the building will remain the same except for one new carefully positioned door and the re-instatement of a previously bricked-up opening. Windows and doors with very thin frames are proposed throughout. These will increase the amount of daylight that can enter the dwelling when compared to using more traditional types, as well as reducing the visual impact of the windows and doors. This contemporary approach will result in a building which has more in common with the original when compared to more conventional approaches to adapting barns for residential use.

  • “Our design approach to this project, which will result in contemporary design sitting comfortably alongside traditional and Listed Buildings, has been positively received by the Conservation Officer and Planning team at North Kesteven District Council.”