Heritage and Historical Buildings
Ashleigh Clarke Architects

Heritage and Historical Buildings

Heritage and Historical Buildings Harmonious architecture in the heart of the Cotswolds

The soft light and rolling contours of the Cotswold countryside and the warm tones of the natural stone are world famous. As a local architectural practice, the architectural heritage of Cotswold historical buildings is part of our heart and soul. It’s literally the cornerstone of many of our designs. Over the last 10 years, we have built up deep specialist knowledge whilst designing for Grade I and II Listed buildings; we have close links with expert consultants in areas such as conservation, ecology and environment needed and the additional permissions required. We bring this network of contacts and knowledge of Heritage architectural design to the table right from the first contact.

Alterations to Grade II Listed Home, Cotswolds

Ashleigh Clarke Architects was commissioned to renovate part of this beautiful Grade II listed, Cotswold stone home and has remodelled the ground floor space to create an entire separate annexe. This is going to be a beautiful, yet functional space and we are so looking forward to seeing the finished result later in 2021.

Many of our projects involve the renovation or extension of existing traditional buildings so a thorough, practical grounding in additional conservation and heritage regulations from tree preservations to ecological surveyors is vital.

We have a network of experts in all aspects of heritage conservation and we are recommended partners with The Heritage Advisory.

Extension to Historical Building, Cotswolds

We have been commissioned to work on alterations and extensions to this beautiful historical property in the Cotswolds. The building was entirely original, with only the single storey a later addition. It was not Listed, but as it lies within the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and in a conservation area, there were special considerations and permissions necessary. As with any historical building in a conservation area, the architectural design needs to be sensitive to the surrounding landscape and sympathetic to the existing structure of the original building. We have used the renders shown in the images here to help our clients to visualise their new space in 3D.

I have a Listed Building, who should I go to for architectural advice?

As Cotswold based architects, we are specialists in alterations to Listed Buildings Grades I and II. Many of our projects are either Listed or Heritage sites and we offer expert professional advice on sympathetic, architectural alterations to traditional Cotswold buildings. Ashleigh Clarke works in close collaboration with The Heritage Advisory.

You may be able to get permission to build “an exceptional one-off house on a site where refusal would normally be expected.” This is the country house exemption clause, also known as Paragraph 79.

“To qualify for approval a proposal’s design must be ‘of exceptional quality’. It should be ‘truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas. It must also ‘significantly enhance its immediate setting and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area”. (RIBA)