If you need someone to:
• Manage a project from beginning to end
• Carry out feasibility studies
• Liaise with funders
• Write heritage, planning and access statements
• Deal with planning and listed buildings issues
• Give full advice on energy conservation (we’ve been NHER qualified since 1986)
• Advise on health and safety in construction
• Design the most modern new features for the oldest buildings
• Advise on the repair of buildings damaged by fire, water or neglect
• Act as contract administrator
• Design contemporary interventions to historic buildings
• Provide a CDM co-ordinator from inhouse
We can do it.
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|Address:||2 Balkerne House|
|View Map:||Click here to view a map of this location.|
|E-mail:||karen AT inkpendownie.co.uk|
|Job Value:||£100,000 - £1,500,000|
|Proficiency:||Pre 1919, Grade II, Grade II*, Grade I, Churches, Scheduled Monuments|
Architects - Conservation
Disabled Access Consultants
Health & Safety Consultants
Historic Building Consultants
Historic Interior Consultants
Listed Building Consultants
Sustainable Design Consultants
|Title:||Protection of a listed barn through re-use|
When we surveyed this timber frame Essex barn we discovered it was actually three structures; two barns and a dairy shed. The oldest barn was well on the way to collapse. The barns are on an ancient moated site occupied by a 16th Century manor house in a Special Landscape Conservation Area. As well as repairing the existing structure, retaining as much as possible of the original fabric and using traditional or approved techniques and materials, it was converted to a comfortable country residence with a self-contained self catering apartment for visitors. The residential development conflicted with planning policy, which favoured commercial reuse of an historic barn. Our design maintained enough of the barn-like qualities of the internal volumes to satisfy the planning authority that it was the best strategy for conserving the historic building.Timber repairs specified according to SPAB approved techniques.
|Title:||Visitor Information Centre|
|Client:||Colchester Borough Council|
Colchester's St Botolph's Quarter is undergoing a radical reworking that includes extensive alterations to the built environment, together with a new Visual Arts building. Colchester’s Visitor Information Centre is at a key node in the redevelopment strategy and is housed in one of the many historic building groups to be conserved. This project combined repairs and alterations to an historic group of Colchester landmark buildings, with the creation of an expanded accessible facility, able to meet the demands of visitors to the ambitious new Cultural Quarter. We were able to offer the special combination of consultancy skills that this project required, in the repair of historic buildings, and the design of robust, accessible interiors. The Visitors Information Centre benefited from the co-ordination of these skills to produce a sensitive and uniquely tailored solution.
|Client:||Colchester Boough Council|
Charles Brown & Sons hardware business, founded in 1877, occupied a continuous frontage at 60-66 East Street, Colchester until recently when the buildings were purchased by a developer. A conversion to residential use was subsequently carried out according to the conservation plan prepared by Inkpen Downie for the Borough Council. The buildings were originally developed over the 14th and 17th centuries as merchant housing and workshops, and they now form a prominent survivor in probably the most coherent group of historic buildings in the Colchester conservation area. Analysis of the building structure revealed that the buildings were originally three separate tenements. Colchester Borough Council instructed the conservation plan with the purpose of establishing a strategy for ensuring their conservation and future maintenance. Inkpen Downie's research identified that a change of use and subdivision of the building to three separate dwellings, would be both a viable strategy for their conservation, and create minimal interference to the historic fabric. The study was completed in collaboration with historian Philip Aitkin and Colchester Building Preservation Trust.
|Title:||Arts and Crafts House|
Built in 1906, possibly by Arthur H Mackmurdo, this eccentric pyramidal house required complete renewal of its iron sheet roof finishes which were no longer available. Research revealed the existence of an old rolling machine that could produce zinc sheet to the same profile and using this technique we were able to come up with a sustainable and accurate solution.
This barn which was in very poor condition was repaired and converted to office accommodation.A new floor was inserted at first floor level and the steel frame extended to provide additional support to the existing roof timbers. Stores, services and WCs were added as a central core on the ground floor. The structural concept enabled a flexible use of the space suiting the open plan philosophy of the company. The new elements of the building are all modern materials (including the metal louvres to the exterior) so as to distinguish between the historic elements and modern repairs.
By 2008 this 500 year old house was ready for a new permutation to suit a new generation. By 2008 this 500 year old house was ready for a new permutation to suit a new generation. The historic fabric had various problems from structural movement to general decay, lack of insulation and ancient heating and electrical services. The house also lacked modern bathroom and kitchen facilities. To raise the building to our client's expectation it was necessary to enter into detailed consultations with the planning authority in order to get permission for a substantial extension as well as to agree the specification for sensitive historic buildings repairs and alterations. During the course of the project we were also instrumental in formatting a successful claim to the building insurers for financial assistance with repairs to subsidence damage.Our practice was able to offer a complete set of skills required for this project including the role of AABC accredited architect, NHER energy assessor and interior designer.
|Title:||Large Town House|
This project involved restoring a large listed mansion in Southwold from two houses back into a single home. The work included extensive historic building repairs including repairs to stonework and historic ironwork, as well as modern interventions.We removed a redundant modern stairway in order to recreate the fine entrance hall and landings that had been a feature of the original house. A new pair of columns to Palladio's proportional system were placed in the entrance hall to do justice to the splendour of the house. For more details visit http://www.inkpendownie.co.uk/projects/heritage/large-town-house-in-southwold.htm
|Title:||Belfairs Woodland Resource Centre|
|Client:||Southend Borough Council and Essex Wildlife Trust|
Full Planning Permission has just been granted for this project. We have worked with T J Evers - a Design and Build contractor - and other consultants together with the client to design an environmentally responsible building to provide a resource centre for the people of Southend. The building is designed to allow the client to deliver it's mission and is the result of consultation between the client and the community and a constructive dialogue between the client and the design and build team. The countryside surroundings are critical to the purpose of the centre and the building is designed to encourage interaction and develop understanding for those that visit. The internal layout allows for flexibility in use to enable the client to cater for different user groups and meet changing needs. The centre is designed both in terms of layout and building form to be easily extendable without compromising the way it functions or its appearance. It's distinctive form hints at a boat like appearance with obvious links to Southend as a seaside town. The centre is designed using sustainable materials, which include a timber structural frame and recycled insulation, timber cladding for external wall finishes and a single ply membrane for roof finishes. All of these materials score A+ in the Green Guide. In terms of energy consumption the design balances the constraints of budget, function and sustainability. It focuses first on reducing energy demand (through high levels of insulation and keeping air filtration low) then applies an appropriate renewable, in this case solar voltaic. Space and hot water heating is supplied using an efficient gas fired boiler with on site solar voltaic providing a minimum of 10% of the energy needs from a renewable source. An external fenced area provides space for waste storage and separation. The building form and the arrangement of roofs is designed to facilitate natural ventilation, shading and use of daylight. It also provides maintenance access to plant and vents located on or facing the flat roof area.