St. John the Baptist Church | Bishops Castle

Conservation Architects in Shropshire

KODA Architects, the inspecting architects for the upcoming reordering and repairs project of St. John the Baptist Church in Bishops Castle. Situated in the picturesque landscape of South West Shropshire, this historic church holds a rich tapestry of history and serves as a vital hub for community outreach.

Dating back to the medieval period, St. John the Baptist Church stands as a testament to centuries of architectural evolution and spiritual devotion. Its striking architecture, characterized by its sturdy stone construction and intricate details, reflects the craftsmanship of bygone eras. From its soaring spire to its ornate stained glass windows, every element of the church tells a story of faith, resilience, and cultural heritage.

Beyond its architectural grandeur, St. John the Baptist Church has been a cornerstone of community life in Bishops Castle. Over the years, it has served as a gathering place for worship, celebration, and reflection. Its doors have been open to all, offering solace to those in need and fostering a sense of belonging among residents and visitors alike.

Project Information

Client: St. John the Baptist PCC
Listed: Grade I
Construction Date: 13th Century
Location: Shropshire
Diocese: Hereford

Status: Complete

Conservation Architects Shropshire

The church has played a pivotal role in various community outreach initiatives, ranging from food drives and charity events to cultural programs and educational workshops. It has provided a platform for local artists, musicians, and performers to showcase their talents, enriching the cultural fabric of the region.

As inspecting architects for the church, KODA Architects is honored to spearhead the reordering and repairs project that will ensure the preservation and enhancement of this architectural gem. Our approach is rooted in a deep respect for the historical significance of the building, coupled with a commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the community.

Our comprehensive plans for the project include structural repairs to safeguard the integrity of the building, restoration of key architectural features, and the implementation of modern amenities to improve accessibility and functionality. We aim to create a space that honors the heritage of St. John the Baptist Church while enhancing its capacity to serve as a vibrant center for worship, fellowship, and community engagement.

In collaboration with local stakeholders and preservation experts, we are dedicated to realizing a vision that respects the past while embracing the future. Together, we will ensure that St. John the Baptist Church continues to stand as a beacon of faith, hope, and unity for generations to come.


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.

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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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