Greinan Farm, Hertfordshire

Written by Joe Dickeson Regional Director and Board Director

Producing a design for the conversion of an agricultural barn in Chipperfield, Hertfordshire to provide two private residential dwellings, is one of our more unusual briefs.

The open sided barn structure was being infrequently used by the client and we were therefore tasked with exploring the development opportunity to provide an increased value to the existing asset. Planning permission was approved in September 2015 with plans for construction imminent.

Sector(s)

  • Housing

Value
TBC

Client(s)
Aldenham Residential

Location
Hertfordshire, UK

Design

The proposals seek to maximise the views of the surrounding green belt land via oversized floor to ceiling glazing across the principal elevations to the new dwellings. This also allows for a vast amount of natural daylight to reach deep within the plan and enhances the dramatic double height living areas that are proposed. The envelope of the building incorporates materials sympathetic to the green belt surroundings and is in keeping with agricultural vernacular of the local area. Black timber weather boarding clads the majority of the building’s facade which is grounded by a heavy brick base. The remainder of the elevations comprises of glazing.

“Through the design proposals we wanted to create a strong connection with the natural surroundings from within the building, which we achieve through the use of large expanses of glazing which brings the outside in. We are pleased to have successfully achieved planning for our client which adds significant value to their existing building.”

Joe Dickeson, Regional Director

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