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

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.

Bastion Mews Wide
Bastion Mews Focus
Bastion Mews Front
Bastion Mews inside

The Old Vicarage | Presteigne

Heritage Extension | Powys

Located in a prominent position near Prestigne, Powys this fine grade II listed property was built by Sir Gilbert Scott’s office towards the end of the 19th Century. Built originally as a vicarage for the near by church of St. Andrew, the property is a testament to Victorian Gothic Revival architecture and resolve with all the building materials being brought in from as far as the Cotswolds. 

The property boasts fine Victorian Gothic features such as dominant roofscapes with polychromatic slating and decorative finials. The interior is equally spectacular with fine wood carving, fireplaces and staircase. As with many older properties, the service areas are located to the rear of the property and are subservient to the main living areas which are located to the front of the property, as such, the kitchen is small and disconnected from garden. As we lead a less formal lifestyle, the kitchen has become the focus of the family environment. 

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Listed: Grade II
Budget: Undisclosed 
Construction Date: 19th Century
Location: Powys
Status: Planning & Listed Building Consent

KODA architects were commissioned to carry out remodelling of the existing kitchen and dining areas as well as a carefully considered extension which would sit comfortably with the property. The kitchen and living space would be reformed to address extensive views over the rolling Powys landscape to the rear. 

The extension uses the existing, grand house as a precedent to inform the proposed. The single storey extension uses a rolled lead flat roof and Cotswold stone coins to the new main new corner. The open plan kitchen focuses the views outward over the valley allowing the building to be carefully adapted to serve a busy family again. 

Wishing Well Cottage | Gloucestershire

Conservation architects in Gloucester

KODAs Conservation architects in Gloucester are appointed to carry out repairs, renovations and an extension at this fine Grade II listed cottage.Located in rural Gloucestershire, Wishing Well Cottage is located within the extensive grounds of a large manor house. The property originally formed the grounds keepers cottage and later the vallets accommodation with garaging for a new invention - the motor car. The property was built during the mid 19th Century alongside the main house and as such, is grade II listed. Featuring decorative brick arches, the property had been extensively altered from it original form. 

The estate was largely supported by extensive farm land and forestry activities, supplying timber supports for nearby mining. Serving the Manor were formal gardens and a walled kitchen garden which focused on preparing planting for the gardens and vegetables for the kitchens.  The kitchen garden are protected and  enclosed by tall and imposing brick walls, creating a private contrast to the expansive parkland estate. The Cottage is build directly off this enclosing walls which has been expressed throughout the proposals.

Following investigation in to the property history and its historic development, KODA architects have been detailing extensive renovation and repair works to this fine cottage. The proposals comprise of a large extension to the north, restoring the now lost gardening structures in providing retirement accommodation.

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Listed: Grade II
Budget: £500,000.00
Construction Date: 19th Century
Location: Gloucestershire
Local Authority: Forest of Dean
Structural Engineer: BTA Design Ltd
Ecologist: Tyler Grange Ltd.
Asbestos Consultant: EMS Ltd. 
Windows and Doors: KLOEBER
Waterproofing: Newtown Waterproofing
Brick Matching: Imperial Bricks
Status: Planning 

Conservation Architects in Gloucester

The contemporary extension is open plan which we have located the main living and family areas with access into the private walled garden. Dissecting this open plan extension are four new, bespoke steel trusses which help divide up the internal volume. 

The design team at KODA architects have been careful to play with the internal light level as a contrast to the smaller, darker spaces in the listed cottage. A large east window captures morning light into the breakfast area, roof lights drawn light throughout the day and feature windows attract late afternoon light. 

To the exterior, the extension is subservient to the existing building, allowing the project to read easily as a later addition. The existing and historic fabric has been carefully restored and repaired, allowing the property to serve its inhabitants for a long time to come. 


Imperial Square | Cheltenham


Imperial Square | Architects Cheltenham

KODA architects Cheltenham have gained planning and listed building consent for building repairs and extensive refurbishment to this Grade II* listed property. Accompanying the planning application and listed building consent applications, the proposals were to to restore this fine Regency home back into a single dwelling. 

Built in the early 19th Century, Imperial Square was built as part of the booming expansion and gentrification of Cheltenham. Built by Robert Todd and William Prosser to designs by eminent architects Cheltenham, John Forbes. The building is home which forms a terrace of properties providing a formal frontage along Imperial Square, Cheltenham. The uniformity , significant contribution to the Cheltenham Townscape and architectural evidence is the reason why the terrace is Grade II* listed. 

KODAs Conservation Architect in Cheltenham  Fred Hamer said: "Working with such an iconic building as Imperial square, we were very careful in how we can restore this small part of the wider terrace back to its former glory. The building has been completely renovated from top to bottom allowing the it to be a family home once again."

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Listed: Grade II*
Budget: Undisclosed
Construction Date: 19th Century
Location: Cheltenham
Local Authority: Cheltenham Borough Council
Contractor: Self-build
Kitchen: Woodgrayne Interiors
Fireplaces: Antique Fireplaces
Status: Complete

Architects Cheltenham
Architects Cheltenham

Architects Cheltenham

The regency architecture of Cheltenham is known as one of the most complete architectural styles in the UK. As such, the town is covered by the largest conservations area which protects the historic and architectural significance. Added to this layering of protection, Imperial Square is Grade II* listed and is listed as the same significance as Buckingham Palace and The Palace of Westminster. 

A high quality of finish achieved at the property in the result of meticulous attention to detail. The property has been carefully designed to reestablish the house as a busy family environment. The lower ground level has a close connection with the courtyard with off street parking whilst the drawing room has extensive views over the centre of Cheltenham. The property boasts five bedrooms with four bathrooms together with preserving the period details of the original building.

Being listed however does not mean that we cannot make changes to these buildings, however we must consider the impact our proposals have on the historic fabric. Once historic fabric has been removed, it cannot be replaced. Before any intervention can take place, a closing inspection and investigation of the existing must take place. 


“The finish on this property is absolutely wonderful and the fittings exquisite!”


Chris Jarrett                   
Property Agent                   

Savills, Cheltenham                   

Cheltenham life

The Manor | Gloucestershire

Conservation Architects Gloucestershire

KODAs Conservation architects Gloucester have carried out repairs this fine Grade II listed French Chateaux style manor house in rural Gloucestershire. Built by eminent ecclesiastical and secular architect and Samuel S. Teulon, Huntley manor was completed in 1862 and a testament to Victorian invention and advant-guard, Victorian Gothic style. The property is largely intact with fine decorative details including Minton floor tiles, fine limestone fireplaces and decorative iron work surviving to this day.

KODA conservation architects Gloucester were appointed to carry out repairs to a number of structures in the grounds. The property was reduced in size in the late 20th Century which saw a quarter of the building being demolished. This restructuring however has created a number of issues with damp penetration and dry rot setting into the cellar level.The works include installation of a french drain to reduce levels of damp, repairs to windows, roofs and decorative finishes. The works also took care of the leaking swimming pool roof. 

This package of works are part of the cycle management of the property 

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Listed: Grade II
Construction Date: 19th Century
Location: Gloucestershire
Local Authority: Forest of Dean
Scope: Repairs and alterations
Budget: Undisclosed 
Status: Onsite


Conservation Architects Gloucester

“Having the opportunity to work on specular buildings such as this fine Manor House, we are able to peer into the past to a different way of living. When the manor was constructed, modern expectations and standard of living were not thought of. The building therefore relied more heavily on support from staff to tended to its maintenance. The proposals were considered to assist in the day to day upkeep of the building and to safeguard its future, so that future generations may enjoy this building”

Repair works to the swimming pool have just been completed and repair works to the Manor are set to take place when the warmer weather returns in the spring/ summer. 

We will be following the progress as the works take place onsite on our Instagram page, take a look to see more.

Contemporary House Extension Hereford

Tillington Common | Herefordshire

Contemporary House Extension Hereford

Contemporary House Extension Hereford

KODA architects were commissioned to carry out a contemporary house extension in hereford to an existing property as well as a carefully considered remodelling to reform the property, maximising outward views over the countryside. 

Located in rural Herefordshire, this traditional stone farm house Is nestled at the foot of Tillington Hill and surrounded by an extensive woodland to the north. To the east and south, the property benefits from expansive views over private farmland, Herefordshire countryside and glimpsing the Malvern Hills on the horizon. 

Using high quality materials of Cotswold Dressed Stone and rubble Herefordshire grey sandstone walling, the property had been previously extended focusing living areas and views out towards an internal courtyard, away from the main views to the East.

Project Information

Client: Private Client
Budget: Undisclosed 
Construction Date: 19th Century
Location: Herefordshire
Local Authority: Herefordshire
Status: Planning

Contemporary House Extension in Hereford

KODA architects carried out a full feasibility study investigating various options for a Contemporary House Extension Hereford and the proposed remodelling. It was quickly discovered that the property was not addressing one of the key characteristics the site had to offer and this was maximising the views out of the house over the countryside. 

Interventions focused in refocusing the family areas to the east of the property, whilst back of house areas such as utility rooms and toileting were moved to the rear. The existing property had small, traditional openings which confined the the views, making the internal spaces darker and enclosed.

As a contrast to this, a new extension was proposed to which would flood the internal environment with natural light and allow uninterrupted views. The added effect was to form an asymmetric contemporary extension with terrace, where the new kitchen and dining areas could spil out into.

Contemporary House Extension Hereford