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Unique site location in an area of historic conservation to provide essential new dairy unit.

Due to the proximity of the surrounding buildings which are located in a conservation area and with a public highway to one side, it was necessary to design a structure capable of fitting to a triangular site that when complete provided aesthetics that seamlessly integrated to the existing buildings and yet provided the maximum useable floor space.

Commencing with a clear portal of 22 metres and diminishing in size to terminate at just 8 metres wide.

Client driven project to add significant storage capacity to a regional builders merchants yard.

Timber storage by means of split level galvanised racking built into the outer wall structure.

Split level yard accessed by two connecting ramp ways, upper yard levels incorporating retaining walls.

New floor slabs laid to sustainable drainage systems all fully integrated into the surrounding landscape whilst ensuring that business continued as normal.

Two traditional buildings requiring refurbishment.

Two similar stone built buildings that required full replacement of their timber rafters and associated sandstone flag roofs.

One designed for future use by removal of its central wall and the subsequent replacement by a modern steel portal within the boundaries of its stone facade.

The second still in use and constructed around the same principals of the original design but utilising modern building materials to provide a cost effective solution.

Essential winter housing for the softest wool

Alpacas are traditional thought of as a South American breed of Camelid however in recent years in this country specialist breeders have become more prevalent ,initially breeding for stock into a growing market but then subsequently adapting to a mainstream market for fibre.

There soft woolly coat after shearing has been used for premium yarns and is revived  for its texture , however unfortunately the alpacas like most of us hate the rain and suffer badly when there coats become water logged and cold .

The design brief we were asked to fill was to provide a compact housing solution in an area of restricted access ,secondary to the primary requirements were to provide mezzanine storage for the preprocessed fleeces and a workshop area for processing ,whilst trying to use materials that would be durable in a harsh Lancashire winter but still able to fit into its rural location.

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