The Old Rectory | Gloucestershire

The Old Rectory | Gloucestershire

KODA architects working closely with a garden designer has developed a new walled garden proposal to this stunning grade II listed former rectory in rural Gloucestershire. The proposals celebrates the seamless fusion of historical charm and modern design in the heart of Gloucester. We are thrilled to share our latest architectural venture – the creation of a walled garden for a listed building, deeply inspired by the collaborative spirit that defines the Chelsea Flower Show.

Inspired by the collaborative and innovative projects showcased at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, our team embarked on a journey to create a walled garden that would not only honour the rich history of the 18th Century former rectory building but also serve as a testament to our close working relationships with our clients and the garden designer.

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Budget: £450k
Location: Gloucestershire
Sector: Private Client/ Conservation
Landscape Design: Tara Colins 
Status: Planning

A Country House

One of the hallmarks of our project was the close working relationship we fostered with our clients. We recognized that their vision and passion for the walled garden were integral to its success. From the initial concept discussions to the final details, we listened attentively to their ideas and requirements. We were inspired by their enthusiasm for preserving the heritage of the listed building while introducing elements of contemporary design. This collaborative approach ensured that the garden seamlessly integrated with the historical setting. In addition to our clients, we had the privilege of collaborating with a talented garden designer who shared our vision for this project. Drawing inspiration from the artistic and creative displays at the Chelsea Flower Show, the garden designer played a crucial role in bringing a touch of horticultural magic to the walled garden. Their expertise in plant selection, layout, and the use of decorative elements enhanced the overall design.

We were committed to preserving the historical integrity of the listed building, which posed unique challenges. Our collaborative efforts enabled us to strike a balance between the old and the new. The use of period-appropriate materials and techniques was essential, and the garden designer worked in harmony with our architects to ensure that the garden complemented the architecture flawlessly. The end result is a walled garden that harmoniously blends history, innovation, and natural beauty. It stands as a testament to the power of close collaboration and mutual inspiration. The spirit of the Chelsea Flower Show lives on in this exquisite project.

Our Gloucester walled garden project is not just a reflection of our working partnership we share with our clients and the garden designer. Together, we've created a space that encapsulates the timeless beauty of Gloucester's history while embracing the future with open arms.

Stay tuned for more updates on our architectural endeavours.

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Conversion of Dinham Hall in Ludlow

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Conversion of Dinham Hall in Ludlow

KODA architects provided full architectural services for the conversion of a Dinham Hall, a former mansion house into seven unique luxury apartments. Dinham Hall is Grade II listed and is one on Ludlows finest buildings located in the Town centre, just outside of the Castle walls.

Built in 1792, by Samuel Nash for Richard Payne Knight of Downton Castle, the building has a long and interesting history. Once a grand private Georgian home, the building was complimented by a generous garden, ice house, stables and views over Ludlow. The building remained a private house until the mid 20th Century when it was converted into a boarding school with fond memories of former pupils.  Recently the building had regained an element of grandeur of its former self in use as a  boutique hotel boasting fine dining, to critical acclaim.

KODA Architects submitted planning and Listed Building consent applications for the conversion, provided detail design and full contract administration through to the completion of the project. The project was finished to an extremely high standard creating unique benchmark residencies in Ludlow. 

Project Information

Client: Dovecote Properties
Budget: Confidential
Location: Ludlow, Shropshire
Main Contractor: G. P. Thomas and Sons (Leominster)
Surveys: Precise Land Surveys
Ecology: HEC Environmental
Structural Engineering: Andrew Winterbottom 
Sector: Historic Conversions & Repair, Residential Developer
Status: Planning, Detailed Design, Full Contract Administration
Agency Advice and Marketing: Knight Frank

Dinham Hall - internal apartment
Dinham Hall - internal apartment 2

Conservation Architects in Ludlow

As part of former historic interventions to the property, the building had lost a significant amount of historic detailing including cornice, fireplaces and finer elements such as architraves and doors. As part of the new conversion project, the conservation team at KODA architects replicated historically accurate features to enhance the buildings significance. KODA Architects conservation team are complimented by a wider design team including agent, Fire Engineer, lift manufacturers tanking specialists, and mechanical and electrical Engineers. Part of our appointment included historic mapping of the building and a carefully detailed schedule of repairs and sympathetic interventions to the historic fabric were undertaken.

The new apartments provide unique accommodation with classic Georgian design with the modern benefit of lift access. The refurbishment of the entrance hall grand central cantilever staircase provides a great sense of theater as you enter the building. Each apartment boasts fine historic details, private parking and landscaped gardens together with long reaching views over Ludlow, countryside and of course, the adjacent grade I listed and scheduled ancient monument of Ludlow Castle.

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Dinham Hall bathroom
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Dinham Hall Stair
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Class Q Barn Conversion

planning approval for a class Q barn conversion

KODA architects working with Tomkins Thomas Planning have successfully secured planning approval for a class Q barn conversion in Herefordshire. The existing barn occupies a unique location near the Black Mountains.

The scheme reuses the original curved form of the Dutch barn roof to form a double height space with mezzanine level. Agricultural materials such as corrugated metal and industrial steel frame have been used in the walls and roof, these are complemented by the insertion of large modern slim profile aluminium windows and doors maximising the exceptional vistas. 

Project Information

Client: Private Developer Client
Budget: £250k
Location: Herefordshire
Sector: Residential Developer/Conversion
Status: Planning

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Class Q barn conversion rear view
Class Q Barn Conversion right view
Class Q barn high angle

What is class Q planning permission?

Class Q was introduced in 2014 as a form of permitted development designed to help ease the pressure on housing in rural areas. This type of planning permission allows the change of buildings that meet certain criteria from agricultural to residential use. This can often be a creative route to a new home in open countryside which would otherwise be difficult to achieve.

There is more guidance available on Herefordshire Councils website.  If you have a redundant agricultural building fulfilling the criteria that you think has the potential to be a striking home in a unique location then please get in touch.

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Replacement Dwelling

Replacement dwelling Front elevation

Planning approved for replacement dwelling in Herefordshire countryside

KODA architects successfully secured planning approval for a replacement dwelling in the Herefordshire countryside. The new 4 bedroom home replaces a former 1970’s bungalow that did not meet the space and layout requirements of our clients family.  Furthermore the building is expensive to heat and maintain and moreover costly to upgrade thermally and adapt to meet the families specific space requirements.

The proposal replaces the dated bungalow with a larger 4 bedroom, thermally efficient home meeting our clients living requirements. Local Planning Policy stipulates that a reinstated dwelling should be of a comparable scale of the replaced building. Creating a much larger home presented us with an interesting design challenge. The new home takes the form of a 'H' shaped plan with a partly hidden basement forming a south facing undercroft and courtyard hidden to the wider landscape. Whilst the new home is considerably larger than that it replaces, we worked a with the Local Planning Department in justification for the scheme and finally secured planning approval for the home our clients desired.

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Budget: TBC
Location: Herefordshire
Ecology: PURE Ecology
Sector: Residential Self-Build
Status: Planning

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Planning approved for new self-build home

The main building takes a traditional form and constructed from local stone and a natural slate pitched roof. In contrast the building utilises large aluminum framed sliding doors and full height windows and furthermore the elevations are punctuated with elements vertical Cedar cladding and frameless balconies. 

The layout utilises a double height height entrance hall and gallery staircase. The main ground floor living spaces are interconnected but divided by large sliding walls to create a versatile space. The basement level utilises the sloping site and extends into an undercroft and open courtyard discreetly hidden from view. Correspondingly the attached double garage and carport site below a grass roof that merges discreetly into the topography of the site. 

Our client was elated with the result and equally our service, the house is currently under construction and due for completion 2023. 

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St. Michael and All Angels Church in Hereford

Conservation Architects in Herefordshire

KODAs conservation architects in Hereford were commissioned following a competitive tendering process and work began in investigating the repairs to this magnificent building at the beginning of this summer. As conservation architects in Hereford, working on a magnificent building such as St. Michael and All Angels church is a pleasure. We love investigating historic buildings and how they came about, tracing their history and how they’ve developed over time.

Located in rural Herefordshire, St. Michael and All Angels Church was constructed in the 14th Century with later alterations in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The building is Grade I listed and has very fine medieval glazing featured in the chancel, north and south aisles. The chancel features a very ornate painted wagon vaulted ceiling which was installed as part of the restoration by GF Bodley in 1866-68. The building features fine stone carving throughout with a number of gargoyles, grotesques and label stops, which is great to see.

KODA's Conservation Architect in Hereford Fred Hamer said “Working on this historic building was particularly rewarding. Before we proposed making any repairs or changes, to the historic fabric, we have thoroughly investigated how the building is used and maintained. We have proposed some exciting changed to enhance the buildings significance and conserve the historic fabric were possible and in doing so created a more sustainable building." 

Project Information

Client: St. Michael and All Angels PCC
Listed: Grade I
Construction Date: 13th Century
Location: Herefordshire
Diocese: Hereford
Asbestos Survey: Enironmental Management Surveys
Structural Engineer: Pearce Edwards
Access: Nationwide Platforms
Ecologist: Udall Martin Associates
Main Contractor: Treasure and Sons 
M&E: Grange Heating
Asbestos Removal: Hereford Asbestos Ltd
Status: Onsite

Conservation Architects Hereford

A two stage grant application was prepared and submitted to the newly reformed Nation Heritage Lottery Fund. The project was one of the first successful applications to be awarded and was the largest in the region at the time.

Conservation repair works started in April 2021 with the project being awarded following a competitive tender process to Treasure and Sons, based in Ludlow. The specification and repairs were carried out on a priority basis to safe guard the historic fabric against further decay. 

The conservation and repair of the fabric started in April this year and we look forward to unveiling the enhanced St. Michael and All Angels Church later this year. We will continue to post out progress on this buildings careful repair on our instagram feed which you can follow @kodaarchitects.

KODAs conservation Architects in Hereford, Fred Hamer said: “at KODA we have a passion for working with historic buildings from all ages. The storey of who built, lived and used these buildings enriches architecture from more than a pile of building materials. This storey is enhanced as we open up historical buildings as we learn more about how and why they were constructed in the manner they were. KODAs conservation architects in Hereford categories their findings as they progress through the construction and uncovering stages which enriches the storey further.”
Useful links:

Hereford times article 

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St. Michael and All Angels Church Gallery

Sustainable self-build homes in Ludlow

Planning approved for sustainable self-build homes in Ludlow

KODA architects have successfully secured planning approval for 3 new sustainable self-build homes in Ludlow. The site combines an underused hidden parcel of land with part of a large formal garden within the Town.  Sustainable design was at the forefront of the brief and the homes are positioned to take full advantage of the southern aspect whilst also affording views of St. Lawrence's Church.

The scheme develops an underutilised urban site to provide high quality housing utilising energy efficiency measures. They are built from highly insulated and sustainable materials. The dwellings are designed with large, glazed wall areas to the south and west elevations benefiting from passive solar gain. The first floor areas include recessed balconies featuring long roof overhangs protecting the bedrooms from excessive solar gain in the summer months. This still allows sunlight to reach the depths of rooms promoting thermal gain in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky. Internal air quality and comfort is supplemented by automated mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, MVHR. 

Project Information

Client: Private Developer Client
Budget: £1TBC
Location: Ludlow, Shropshire
Ecology: HEC Enviro
Geotechnical: EMS
Structural Engineering: Glevum Structural Design
Sector: Residential Developer
Status: Planning

Planning approved for sustainable self-build homes in Ludlow

The buildings include standing seam metal mono pitch roofs that reduce impact on the neighbouring amenity but also being orientated to the south and west present an ideal location for the arrays of photovoltaic and solar thermal panels producing heat and power for the homes. Rainwater is collected and harvested on site for re-use in the buildings and gardens.

The development resists temptation to optimise built density in preference the new high quality homes are sited within generous individual plots and will be sold to independent self-builders. 

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Extension in Cheltenham

KODA architects Cheltenham

KODA architects Cheltenham are preparing a planning and listed building consent application to Cheltenham Borough Council. Built in the mid 19th Century, this Regency style villa is Grade II listed and located within the central Conservation Area of Cheltenham. The grand villa property was previously home to two notable figures from Cheltenham, Dame Sidney Jane Brownie and Sir Ralph Richardson. Both had notable careers across the town, Brownie was appointed as Matron-in-chief of the newly formed Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Service and later of the Territorial Force Nursing Service and Richardson had a notable career in film and at the theatre. Both are noted with blue plaques which adorn the front of the building. 

The front façade has a striking Cotswold ashlar stone with detailed and decorative mouldings. The property was built at a period in Cheltenham of expansion into the neighbouring countryside. Architecture at this time was about displaying the wealth and the promotion fo the town as a considered and gentrified settlement. The wider area was part of a planned expansion of the town with the road, built as a private, tree lined avenue with links to the nearby Park. The grandeur of the area adds to the wider sense of place of Cheltenham. 

Project Information

Client: Private
Built: Mid 19th Century
Listed: Grade II  & Conservation Area
Budget: Confidential
Location: Cheltenham
Project: repairs and extension 
Contractor: Leckhampton Builders Ltd. 
Cladding Contractor: Q&M
Cladding: VM Zinc
Structural Engineer: Gelvum Structural Design

KODA Architects Cheltenham were appointed to make comprehensive repairs to the historic fabric as wells as to bring the property into the 21st Century allowing it to serve is new roll of a busy family home. KODA architects Cheltenham proposed a carefully planned extension to this beautiful property and following a close inspection of the building, designs are being prepared for submission to Cheltenham Borough Council.

Following long and detailed discussions with Cheltenham Borough Council, the conservation team at KODA architects mapped the development and changes of the building throughout its history. From this detailed analysis, KODA architects were able to justify the proposed and extensive alterations and were successful in obtaining planning and listed building consent for the renovations and alterations. A new first floor extension was proposed to provide new master family bathroom together with an ensuite to serve the master bedroom to the property. When the property was built, the property did not have a purpose built bathroom, instead, it was a tin bath in front of the fireplace. It wasn't until later, bathrooms were retrofitted to houses and this was in the form of dividing of the principal rooms at first floor level. This resulted in the original room proportions being lost and the bedroom becoming a small, box room. The proposed extension moved the services externally, allowing the full room proportions to be reinstated together with decorative architectural features such as cornicing. 

Architects Cheltenham

In extending a special building like Tivoli Road, we were careful in its appearance. The proposed is deliberately different to the existing to clearly show it is a new addition, but it is subservient to the originals mass as not to challenge it. The design is based around the cladding increments of the VM Zinc Cladding, with the interlocking panels shadow gaps aligned to emphasize verticality to the design. To retain the mass of the previous lean-to style roof the new external wall was spaced away from the external wall of the building and the extension supported by a steel structure at ceiling level. New window openings were recessed to allow the cladding to take a dominance over the external facade, a contrast to the original building. 

The settlement of Cheltenham, which survives today, was largely built in the Regency period and through into the Victorian era. This resulted in the town being dubbed the most complete Regency town in the country. To protect this architectural history and significance, most of the town is protected by a Conservation Area. As such the architecture of Cheltenham is uniform and of a similar architecture style. 

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Architects Cheltenham

Quinquennial Inspection in Cheltenham


Quinquennial Inspection in Cheltenham | Gloucestershire

KODAs architects conservation architect Fred Hamer has carried out the Quinquennial Inspection in Cheltenham at St. Martin de Tour’s Church. The church of St. Martin’s is thought to date back to Saxon period however record of the building before its rebuilding in 1499 as limited. 

Located on the edge of Cheltenham, St.Martin’s is an excellent example of Perpendicular architecture which evident throughout the Diocese. KODA Architects conservation architects Fred Hamer is the quinquennial inspecting Architect in Cheltenham for St. Martin de Tour Church in Gloucester Diocese.

Project Information

Client: St. Martin de Tour PCC
Listing: Grade II*
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 
Diocese: Diocese of Gloucester
Scope: Inspecting Architect
Status: Complete


Quinquennial Inspection in Cheltenham

The church is an excellent example of 15th Century medieval architecture with later additions. Built from Cotswold Stone, the church features medieval glass the building is a picturesque addition to the surrounding village of Woolstone. The church however is know best for it leaning tower. The 15th-century is said to lean at a greater angle than its more famous Italian counterpart, the leaning tower of Pisa.

The leaning tower however is not a result of poor medieval construction, but rather it is down to the underlying geology of Crane Hill, which is formed of clay which expands and contracts depending on its level of moisture. This makes the ground susceptible to subject movement and shifting over time. The lean of the tower concerned inspecting architects in the 1970s so much that Italian engineers were called in to carry out repairs and stabilisation works to the structure. Engineers inserted a number of long steel rods set in concrete beneath the tower to spread the load over a broader area. The tower lean continues to be monitored during each Quinquennial Inspection to see if the movement is ongoing. 

KODAs conservation architect, Fred Hamer said "St Martin de Tours church is an interesting one, locally known as the church with the leaning tower, the tower is always a topic of conversation. Each inspection, we closely monitor the tower to see whether the movement if still on going, but we’re happy to report the tower is still standing following our recent inspection"

As with many other churches across the country, congregations are facing increasing repair costs against ever dwindling congregation numbers. KODA architects are specialists in working with PCCs in carefully adapting church buildings, diversifying their revenue income and managing change to these important buildaings. Take a look at out Church reordering page for more information on our process. 


Stokesay Castle | Shropshire

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle | Shropshire

KODAs Conservation team have carried out a schedule of condition ahead of a filming production by Amazon productions that one of the finest fortified houses in the country, Stokesay Castle. The Scheduled Ancient Monument is owned and managed by English Heritage.

Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like. The great hall has remained  unchanged for over 700 years and is a fine example of construction with spectacular medieval roof timbers. Perhaps the most characterful addition to the complex is the 17th-century gatehouse with fine decorative timber carving. The castle is set within breathtaking views of the Shropshire Hills

Project Information

Client: English Heritage
               Amazon Prime
Listing: Scheduled Ancient Monument
Location: Stokesay, Shropshire
Construction: 13th/14th & 17th Century
Scope: Schedule of Condition 
Status: Complete

Schedule of Condition

KODA architects Conservation architects are working closely with English Heritage, Architectural Conservators and Amazon Prime production team to ensure that the Scheduled Ancient Monument is not damaged during the filming process. Prior to filming KODAs conservation team carried out a schedule of condition as a record of the buildings current condition. KODAs team continue to assist conservators and production team throughout the production. 

Stokesay Castle is home for filming of a period drama for Amazon Prime, set in the medieval period. However as Stokesay has periods of development through most periods with the fine 17th Century gate house being the focus of the site. Having these later additions would not fit the medieval setting in which the film is set so the set had to be carefully dressed so that later features such as the gate house as well as smaller features such as lead rainwater pipes, alarm boxes and a well housing did not show in the finished film. Other features including the new reception, shop and toilets had to be hidden to appear like they were a timber clad barn in the background. 

We eagerly away to see the final results on our screens later this year.

Bastion Mews Hereford

Master Planning at Bastion Mews Hereford

Bastion Mews Hereford is encircled by the Hereford City Wall which was constructed in the 13th Century by Royal decree, getting its name from a defensive bastion which once stood at the site, defending one of four City gates. The site has had many uses in its history with the latest use being home to Shack Revolution and more recently, Bastion Street Feast. Quickly gaining a local reputation for great quality street food the vibrant site has been a huge success for the City. 

The proposed new development will build from the already successful Shack Revolution Events space and Bastion Street Feast. The scheme will provide restaurant, office and workshop spaces as well as short term residential accommodation in association with the existing Shack Events venue and their LIVE|WORK|PLAY mantra.

The aesthetic of the site is one of an industrial past which reflects the sites history as one of the manufacturing centres of the City. Originally home to ironworks, the recent success of the site is down to its honesty through great food, drink and simplicity.

To continue the sites enduring success, KODA architects have been appointed to carry out master planning and detailed design to redevelop the site. Working closely with the client and wider team, KODA architects have utilised the industrial aesthetic to develop a mixed use scheme creatively utilising shipping containers. The principle staircase is housed in a container erected vertically bolstering their creative reuse.

Project Information

Client: Manbro Developments
Listed: Conservation Area and Scheduled Ancient Monument 
Location: Hereford City Centre 
Budget: Undisclosed
Planning Consultant: TT Planning ltd.
Heritage Consultant: KODA architects ltd. 
Fire Consultant: Assent Building Control
Scope: Master planning and urban design. planning and detailed design
Status: Planning approved 2022 and completed 2023
Image Credits: KODA Architects | Surefooted Media | Shack Revolution

Bastion Mews Balcony
Bastion Mews courtyard
Bastion Mews Tower

Master planning Bastion Mews

Part of the underpinning philosophy of the sites redevelopment a diversity of uses and users. This multi use ideal elaborates on the ethos of the highly successful Bastion Street Feast where different street food vendors pitch up their stalls and sell their high quality food in a sharing and collaborative atmosphere. The masterplan calls for a mixture of live work units as well as recreational areas and amenity space in this highly sustainable location on the edge of the City Center. Complimenting the existing uses of the site, the new proposals are testament to 21st Century design, innovative and flexible to allow them to be easily changed should the site need to in the future. 

The industrial aesthetic of the site is the main visual underpinning of the design but supplemented and softened with planting and punctuation with open oak cladding. The proposals were unanimously supported by the Planning Committee and competed in 2023.

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Bastion Mews Focus
Bastion Mews Front
Bastion Mews inside