Granary Conversion

Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Crowmarsh Battle Farm consists of a working arable farm and an extensive redevelopment, involving the conversion of redundant agricultural buildings to office use.

The Grade II listed granary (dated 1800) was in a very poor state of repair, with significant subsidence having occurred beneath the fourteen staddle stones on which it stands.

In order that the refurbished building could operate as a self-contained farm office, toilet facilities are provided in the form of a 'pod', occupying one grain bin at ground floor. A bespoke stair has also been inserted and these new elements are clearly expressed as items of 'furniture' within the historic space.

In this way, the Granary represents a 'warts-and-all' refurbishment that transforms a derelict structure into a fresh working environment. Contrast and layering are employed as the means by which modern services and new interventions can successfully sit cheek-by-jowl with the original interior of this characteristic building.

RIBA Award 2005
RIBA South Conservation Award for Architects 2004

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Granary Conversion