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.
Built: Mid 19th Century
Listed: Grade II & Conservation Area
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.
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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