Crosby Granger Architects with Dominic Roberts, led the team of consultants to carry out the Partnership Scheme objectives which where,
• To repair and bring key historic buildings back into an appropriate use in order to build investment confidence and sustain the high environmental quality of the area,
• To enhance the appearance of the public realm in the conservation area by improving the floorscape and visual character of The Square, the main public space at the heart of the designated area,
• To increase the understanding within the community, and amongst the local building construction sector, of the benefits of building conservation and heritage craft skills, as well as an appreciation of the role that design can play in protecting and sustaining the local built environment.
Within this period of work, Crosby Granger Architects worked with Historic England to develop a national housing exemplar focused on utilising housing growth to regenerate rural villages & market towns by promoting high quality contextual housing design within and adjacent to the designated area; while tracking development impacts on the village and monitoring economic & environmental outputs that result from the housing investment alongside public perceptions.
The main purpose of the Public Realm Improvement Plan are to:
• Clearly and simply set out the key stakeholders vision for The Square,
• Prepare a combined scheme for The Square that responds to this vision,
• Incorporate community/local involvement through skills and heritage training,
• Administer the works to implement the preferred scheme.
DISCIPLINES COVERED IN COMMISSION:
• Site evaluation and historic building condition survey,
• Production and review of Design & Access Statement incorporating Heritage Impact Statement, in collaboration with SLDC Conservation Office and Historic England,
• Coordination of professional sub-consultants,
• Options appraisal for suitable uses of village square,
• Preparation of Planning and LBC documentation.
The main square is an enclosed urban room forming the centre of connections between private courtyards and the wider landscape
The Hutchinsons buildings were built (1850-53) as an impressive four-storey building that housed 8 no. shops at ground level with associated dwellings above. The building was high status with a distinctive curved corner, double height Corinthian columns rising up from above the shop front, culminating in an impressive domed roof.
We were awarded the project to carry out the analytical architectural investigation, costed condition survey and feasibility study for development of the fortified house of the Ruinous Gleaston Castle, Cumbria.
We are the inspecting Architects to St. Helen’s Church, a Grade I listed church that was recently admitted onto Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register due to the condition of the masonry. The magnesian limestone had been pointed in a cement based mortar that was causing the heavy and rapid deterioration of the solid core masonry.