Architecture & Conservation

Ashley DAVIES Architects Limited

Tel: 07413 000761


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Registered in England & Wales.   Company Number: 10113715

Director: Ashley Davies BSc (Hons), BArch, MSc, RIBA SCA

Lower Lodge Gatehouse

Unused & derelict, this grade II* listed Gothic Revival gatehouse was on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk' Register.  Roofs had fallen in; floors rotted away; windows fallen out; cracks appeared in the stonework.  However, it had 210 years of architectural & historical significance.  Despite its condition, its fabric was retrievable & it had retained evidence of its original appearance, decoration & fixtures: from its colour scheme to the ornamental plasterwork; from its timber doors to the window handles.  This meant that any repair & restoration work could be historically accurate. However, the building had no amenities - no electricity or drainage; it was cold & damp; it was noisy, adjacent a busy road.  Through sensitive adaptation, we introduced a toilet & kitchen; electricity, heating & IT; thermal & acoustic insulation & accessibility to all throughout.  Through considered intervention, we introduced a vestibule under the vaulted arch with glazed walls to link the spaces together & provide a new space.  The Lodge retains much of its original fabric, however it is now a usable, viable & sustainable building which meets modern expectations, yet retains its historical character & its distinctive soul.

Project undertaken with Austin-Smith:Lord LLP

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