GRAIN STORE, HARVILLE ROAD, WYE
|Team||Mark Bouch, Sam Hosken|
The conversion of this existing grain store building into a terrace of three houses was a particularly interesting project for us as the brief changed during the design phase, requiring the houses to not only function as separate residences but also as a single large 'party house' that could be let for conferences, holiday parties, etc.
This project gradually evolved through sketch schemes and development meetings with the client, who was keen to maximise the development area and achieve the flexible design he was seeking.
The project Is now under construction, and due to be completed by mid-2017. We are working closely with the client, having provided building regulations and working drawings packages. He has appointed his own site agent and is acting as contractor by sub-letting the various elements of the build and managing the process himself.
There were a number of challenges to overcome. The changing brief involved various iterations of the design, and the flexible nature of the final requirements meant that the impact of fire and noise on adjoining properties needed to be considered at a very early stage.
The strict requirements for submitting a prior notification application forced us to work within maximum footprint guidelines, while ensuring the newbuild elements of the scheme were entirely contained within the existing building envelope.
The building is located in Wye, within the Kent Downs AONB and therefore the local authority was particularly keen to comment on the external appearance of the scheme. Naturally, we were keen to design a building that complemented its setting and also ensure that it benefitted from the fantastic views of the downs that made it such an appealing prospect to begin with.