Elm Barn, Wingfield, Wiltshire

Date: 2006 - 2007

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The David Brain Partnership inherited an existing approval for this project; a consent carried out for a speculative development in 2004. As might be expected, this design did not fully resolve the brief for the new owners, nor did it best suit the original threshing barn.

Our redesign work and subsequent resubmission carried out in 2006 not only served to repurpose the barn to allow greater use than previously, but also sensitively altered it internally in order to enhance the existing historical fabric while at the same time providing a modern and comfortable family dwelling for our new clients.

Particular attention was paid to maintain the open nature of the threshing aisle. By a careful redesign of the interior layout it was possible to remove the staircase from this main area and add a bridge, to link areas at first floor, is repositioned to the west were it may also serve as a viewing platform.

Externally the variations to the existing approvals were considered alterations which were intended to retain the qualities of the existing barn, whilst facilitating access and light to the interior. To the east, new ‘barn’ doors are used as external elements,and to the west, as internal ‘shutters’. A pencil sketch of the external arrangement to the main entrance can be seen above.

The East and West elevations of the barn are required to retain and reflect a deference to the adjacent Listed Church, Farmhouse and the open countryside to the west. This has been achieved by the use of quality materials which will age respectfully, and careful attention to the appearance of the larger areas of glazing.

It was felt that these revisions to the existing consent completed the proposed conversion more fully, and presented a suitably resolved solution. Planning and listed building consents were gained in October 2006. Work started in January 2007 and was completed in August.

The building further respects its environment by employing a geothermal heat pump system for the under floor heating. There is rain water harvesting for domestic use, low energy lighting throughout and above ‘standard’ levels of insulation.