A Grade II-listed granary building and former blacksmith’s workshop in Suffolk have undergone sensitive conversion, remodelling and extension work to create ten three-bedroom houses and one flat. The site is situated in the cultural complex of Snape Maltings overlooking the River Alde and the RSPB reserve.
The residential conversions are located in a seven-acre complex of Victorian buildings that have been transformed into cafés, restaurants and shops. There is also a concert hall, as well as other residential buildings on-site to rent or buy.
An external elevation has been added to the granary building to create a contemporary extension with bi-focal doors leading to a glass balcony. An exposed high-level vaulted ceiling features in the extension with visible oak beams.
Inside each granary house, there is an oak staircase, oak door frames and floors, as well as a bespoke kitchen, handmade by a local company.
In addition, oak-framed garages were built using traditionally made joints with handmade wooden dowels.
The Ipswich team had to ensure that the exterior of the buildings remained as unaltered as possible because of their Grade-II listing. This meant that the modern glass-fronted doors installed at the granary had to be flanked with traditional wooden doors, and a sizeable shutter concertina door to the rear of the granary building, once used to allow machinery in and out of the building, was replaced with a purpose-made steel sheet.
To ensure that there would be minimal disruption to any events held at the concert hall, work was rescheduled around the hall’s programme.
The on-site team visited local primary school, Snape Maltings Primary, to involve the community with the works that were on going nearby. The team set a word search competition, handing out prizes to the children who completed it in the quickest times.
The pupils also received a talk teaching them about the construction industry in general, as well as informing them of the works that were being carried out at Snape Maltings.
Another competition was also set to create a mug design to promote health and safety across R G Carter. The winning designer was given a prize and the mugs have been put into production for distribution across the group.