Quality structural engineering, by design

Caerwent’s Farm, Gloucestershire

Michael Keen and Sons/Biddulph Architects (2017/18) Vista Architects (2008)
Location: Gloucestershire
Project value: £300,000

Scope: Conversion of three barns into bespoke dwellings

Services Provided: Substructure foundation design along with exo-skeleton frame stability design; geotechnical project management, substructure and partial superstructure design.

Making best use of superannuated agricultural buildings

With changing land use, many farmers are finding they may not need all their agricultural buildings, and there is great scope for converting these into residential buildings, sometimes including holiday letting properties. PRO Structures has completed the structural design to create a new two-storey residential building from a historic agricultural barn, for Michael Keen and Sons Ltd at Caerwent’s Farm in Gloucestershire.

The first such conversion we did for them dates back to shortly after we started PRO Structures in 2008, working with Vista Architects, and the second – the Dutch barn featured above, with Richard Biddulph Architects – in 2017. The most recent design, again by Richard Biddulph Architects, will see a 75 sq m cart shed transformed into a two bedroom dwelling later this year.

The conversion of agricultural and office buildings into residential stock has become an interesting niche within our workload. It poses specific challenges, such as the retention and inclusion of historic structural members into the proposed changed scheme, and on this project we specifically had to retain the Dutch Barn steel framing columns.

Previous and projected completion: 2008; Sept 2017 and late 2018.

 

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