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Lower Brook Barn

Lower Brook Barn


Private Client


Susan Buckley

Planning Authority

Cheshire East




Conversion of Listed Barn




Self Build

Lower Brook Barn is a large stone barn in close proximity to a listed farmhouse. The barn is also a listed building.  Hayes & Partners gained planning and listed building consent for conversion from agricultural use to form a new dwelling in 2008.

Hayes & Partners provided the client with a partial service comprising building regulations drawings, discharge of planning conditions and detailed design of special areas, such as the double height hall and staircase.

Original openings had to be retained during the conversion but further planning and listed building applications were made during construction, to gain consent for the installation of metal windows in lieu of timber and structural glazing in lieu of glazed oak screens.  This was achieved through careful negotiation with the conservation officer and achieved large areas of glazing which brought light into the centre of the building. The glass boxes, feature staircase and aluminium composite windows provide a crisp contemporary contrast to the original stone building.

Special features include a cantilevered staircase projecting out from the building in a glazed box and the glazed bridge across the double height entrance hall.

The project won two awards for Hayes & Partners: a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade at the Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine Awards 2014; and then again ‘Highly Commended’ in the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2015 for ‘Best Change of Use’.

If you would like to read more about Lower Brook Barn, you will also find it covered in the article from ‘<a href=””>9 inspiring Barn Conversions</a>’, on the Homebuilding &amp; Renovating Magazine website.