Listed building and planning consent were gained by architects before Building Tectonics were commissioned to design and detail the next extension proposal on this particular project. Adapting an old technology and building method so that modern standards of construction can be equalled requires special care, especially since we have very exacting standards of thermal insulation to achieve. A specialist company was engaged by the client to further detail and construct the timber frame.
Another complication in this project was this; the new basement was to be formed below the timber frame structure, which of course had to comply with modern standards. Marrying up the modern with the very old in terms of building, but also the method is always a little challenging. We have worked on listed buildings before, so our general philosophy is to try to understand the existing structure and where possible work with it rather than changing it too much.
Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics Ltd.