We purchased a derelict eye-sore barn threatening a local landowner’s residential development (a former mill converted to flats), taking all the hassle off his hands by completing the work and giving him a great price in return.
With the owners of the Crown Mill conversion now busy on other projects, they needed someone to take a small barn off their hands that was close to collapsing and posing as both a danger and eye sore to the mill’s residents.
We knew them well (they provide and fit flooring for our developments), so when they approached us to see if we would be interested in completing the development, we jumped at the chance. We offered to purchase the site immediately ‘as is’ but not before doing some careful research to check what was possible!
During the sale process, the barn collapsed, but this was not a significant issue. The Planners had accepted that developers would rebuild it, which hastened the demolition. And we agreed on a design that respected the original barn’s character, re-using all of the stone plus any salvageable tiles in the new building.
And then the next challenge arose. The end of the new building would come too close to a major sewer for it to be acceptable to Wessex Water. Loads from the building would be imposed onto the sewer or could even jeopardise the structure if the sewer ever had to be excavated.
Not wanting to make the building smaller (and lose value), we worked with Wessex Water on a solution. They accepted a reinforced cantilever foundation that would support the construction and carry loads away from the sewer. Andrew’s experience as a Building Inspector helped here. And his relationship with the Sewer Protection team at Wessex Water meant we could work together to find a creative solution to this problem.
As with many new-build projects (mainly containing multiple dwellings), there were many technical challenges to juggle and complete. These included: