Just four miles north east of Chester in the charming parish of Barrow, lies Broomhill House Farm. Originally a cattle farm, the property has undergone a major renovation project turning once derelict and neglected agricultural buildings into a chic, modern and sustainable family home.
The conversion was both unusual and challenging in that permission was granted to demolish the original farmhouse, locating a new build property adjacent to the barn and then linking the two structures with a stunning and aesthetically pleasing glass walkway. This sympathetic marriage of old and new, with the emphasis on sensitive detailed construction, has transformed Broomhill House Farm into one of Chester’s most stunning barn conversions.
Property owners, Cheshire Barn Homes instructed Brickwood Building and Joinery as as main Contractor and Design Consultant. Although accomplished in innovative design and renovation the project attracted significant recognition for Brickwood in the form of a Regional Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Award. The project met the tough criteria for ‘best change of use or conversion’ and for its sustainability attributes including a state of the art Bio-fuel system. The construction quality both internally and externally, along with Brickwood’s well developed eye for detail, was simply deemed to be first class.
Richard Marsh, Project Manager, was quick to acknowledge the strong working relationships between all parties involved in the project and an ‘open inspection’ policy was adopted between Brickwood and Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority Building Control.
“It meant a great deal to me as Project Manager to be able to develop a close working relationship with Clive Heale of the Cheshire West and Chester Building Control Team. Having one general point of contact ensured continuity throughout – from Plan approval, through Inspection and finally, Completion sign off. Throughout the project I was able to draw on the experience of the LABC team through Clive which helped us to create our award winning property.”
The budgets and project timescales were closely monitored throughout the project with plenty of consultation time allowed to absorb the crucial design input from Cheshire Barn Homes, who, understandably, sought high levels of craftsmanship and creativity. Balcony hand rails in glass, internal cranked beams to provide open atrium aesthetics and creative glass work are just some of the design elements incorporated into the project successfully blending the old and new elements of this build.
It remains obvious, even after completion of this spectacular renovation project, that, Broomhill House Farm was once a working farm and this clearly fits with the local Planning strategy to retain the look of the countryside by allowing the conversion from agricultural to residential use and thus saving old buildings from demolition.
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Design Team Contacts
BRICKWOOD, 01978 661865, 07984 400680, firstname.lastname@example.org
Original concept and planning permission obtained by:
Sandra Murray and Associates, Sandra Murray 01829 270858
Building regulations, structural arrangements and Architects Certificates by:
Platt White Partnership, Rob Sunderland 01244 31411, email@example.com