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I have spent the last 25 years finding new uses for redundant landmark buildings. It is a passion as well as a challenge. Projects have been diverse including an industrial watermill, a magistrates court & jail, a mansion by JH Chamberlain, a Victorian country school, an austere Calvinist chapel and more recently a remarkable series of parish churches. All had been fine buildings, but designed for a different age.

The task of enabling new uses for such buildings is complex. From the restoration of the original fabric following long periods of disuse & neglect through to the equally vexatious issue of making an historic structure sufficiently energy efficient to be used in the 21st century. It is not just the use of the building that has changes – so has the environment.

The most difficult challenge by far is retaining a meaningful sense of the original building while at the same time providing a carefully designed and functional new interior. This is always a matter of judgement and balance. Our schemes are based on the premise that it is the quality of the original building that makes the challenge of conversion worthwhile.