Building design guides
From visitor facilities and holiday cottages to bird hides and breweries, these case studies provide a comprehensive guide to how some of our buildings have been refurbished, adapted or a new structure built, often using green technology.
They include details from the project brief and construction through to invaluable lessons learnt. Our aim is to share knowledge and best practice, which in turn helps to inform the planning and design of other projects, improving cost-effectiveness and sustainability.
Conservation case studies
- The Vinery, Greenway, Devon (PDF/980KB) - new case study
Repair and conservation of an early nineteenth-century vinery using traditional conservation techniques.
- New Inn, Stowe, Buckinghamshire (PDF/976KB) - new case study
Restoration of a Building at Risk to provide new visitor facilities.
- Ashdown House, Oxfordshire (PDF/1.22MB) – new case study
Re-roofing of a Grade I listed building and structural repairs and conservation work on its chalk block elevations.
- Speckled Wood, Swan Barn Farm, Surrey (PDF/1.10MB) - new case study
Extension of a base camp using local materials to provide sustainable volunteer accommodation.
- Microbrewery, Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire (PDF/678KB)
The adaptation of a disused farm building to form a micro-brewery.
- Crofter’s Café, Trelissick, Cornwall (PDF/704KB)
Conversion of a Grade II listed cart shed into a new catering facility.
- Cwrt Farm, Gwynedd (PDF/909KB)
Helping to sustain a local industry. A range of farm buildings adapted to create offices and a fish-processing workshop.
- Dunham Massey, Cheshire (PDF/684KB)
Roof repairs on a Grade I listed building with tours of the roofscape for visitors.
- Gibson Mill, North Yorkshire (PDF/1MB)
The renovation of an historic mill to provide visitor and education facilities.
- Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire (PDF/390KB)
Innovation in a sensitive setting. Light Tape® used to provide emergency lighting.
- Pontbrenmydyr Cottage, Ceredigion (PDF/804KB)
A unique and sustainable holiday cottage created from a 1750s mud and thatch farm building.
- Sutton Hoo, Suffolk (PDF/876KB)
New visitor facilities and exhibition hall on an exceptional archaeological site.
- Whiteford Burrows bird hide, Swansea (PDF/818KB)
A wooden bird hide is repaired and mobilised with the addition of a sledge base.
- Rainwater Harvesting, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire (PDF 720KB)
Rainwater is harvested to result in reduced water usage for garden irrigation.
- Reed bed, Bodiam Castle, East Sussex (PDF/805KB)
Vertical flow reed bed replacing former sewage treatment plant.
- Fire safety at Lanhydrock (PDF/713KB)
Responding to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in a Grade I listed house.