Independent Registered, Qualified Architects in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and Cheltenham
Specialists in Listed Works Architecture
Specialists in Listed Works Architecture in hertfordshire and Gloucestershire
CROE Architects are experts in architecture for listed homes in Hertfordshire. We know the things that make the difference to your new home during all stages the project.
Grade II Listed Cottage, Shefford, Bedfordshire
We were appointed in 2016 to work on Old Inn Cottage, a Grade II Listed building in Shefford, Bedfordshire.
We were instantly taken by the charm of this 16th century property. The property was originally a pub that served the local community and over the years was then converted to a delightful family home.
The owners bought the property for the same reasons as above but due to the size and proportions of the rooms, it did not quite suit modern day living. They required a more open plan layout where all the family could live and also benefit from the attractive views to their rear garden.
We were appointed to extend the property not only at ground floor with an open plan kitchen and family space but to also provide an additional bedroom at first floor.
Due to the character and history of the property, we advised the clients to initially undertake a Pre-application submission to the local authority. By doing this it allowed us to open up a dialogue with the council’s conservation officer which is always important when dealing with Listed buildings or buildings of local importance. Their input and decision on any planning application is critical and we recommend having their involvement in the early design process which can help gauge what allowances are possible on a particular property. If you work closely with these specialist planners it will make the planning process more efficient and hopefully achieve the desired ambitions for the proposed works.
We had two meetings with the conservation officer, one on site and the second in their council offices. Further to these meetings the overall design was developed and finalised with a positive written response from the council for this first stage of the planning process. This process took in the region of four weeks from initial design concepts to receiving the council’s feedback.
The clients were very happy with the agreed design which complimented the original building but had a clear distinction with the use of different materials. In particular the contemporary glass link tying the old to new part of the building. This was seen very favourably from the conservation officer as it made a clear separation to the original building.
The full planning and listed building applications were submitted with no further required changes from the council during the decision process, which was due to undertaking the initial pre-application submission and obtaining a positive response at the early stage.
The clients were thrilled with the outcome having never thought we would obtain such a large extension to the listed building.
Construction for the extensions began in 2017. We visited the site on numerous occasions to review onsite development and discuss any queries with the clients as well as the appointed contractor.
Overall we were really pleased with the finished project, the clients were a pleasure to work with and were open to all our proposals. The finished design benefited from the councils conservation officers early input, which allowed an efficient planning process.
This type of work is of particular interest to our practice so if you have any projects involving Listed or conservation works please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project further with our qualified architects.
Grade II Listed Pub in Ware
The White Horse is a Grade II listed pub in Hertfordshire.
Planning was submitted for single storey, rear extension to an existing pub to provide a new dining area. This includes an additional extended kitchen and new toilet facilities.
In addition to this, Listed Building consent has been obtained for internal/external alterations to the existing building as well as new signage planning permission for the business.
Listed Building Architecture in Hertfordshire
What's the Process for Getting Planning Permission for Listed Buildings?
The process for planning in Hertfordshire requires specialist knowledge.
We are a local firm of expert architects who can guide you through all the major elements of home design, planning and liaise with your project manager or builder. We do the worrying, so you don’t have to. Below are some of the detailed steps we support.
- Developing strategic client brief
- Development of project and quality objectives
- Feasibility studies
- Concept design and cost analysis
- Planning applications
- 3D visualisations
- Building regulations
- Tender documentation
- Construction packages (including detailed drawings and specifications)
- Contract administration
- Site inspections and certification
- Handover and post contract evaluation
How Much Will my Listed Building Project Cost?
We know costs will be an important consideration for you.
We work hard to get the very best design for your budget and our cost structure is 100% transparent.
How Long Will it Take to Get my Listed Building Plans?
The timeline to get your plans produced, submitted and approved is highly dependent on the size and complexity of the project.
Out turn around times are amongst the quickest in the industry and you will always have a timeline before you approve any work.
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