Conservation Architects Oxford

Restoring Thame’s Heritage: KODA Architects Lead Conservation Efforts for Fire-Damaged Grade II Listed Cottage

KODA Architects have been appointed to as Conservation Architects Oxford.

Towards the end of 2023, fire broke out in this beautiful thatched property in the heart of Oxfordshire. The fire quickly spread through the 13th Century roof structure and thatched roof as well as the neighbouring property. Yet, thanks to the quick response and dedication of Oxfordshire Fire Brigade, complete loss was of the 13th Century Cottages has been averted. Their swift intervention prevented the fire from spreading further, salvaging what could have been an irretrievable loss.

In the wake of this incident, KODA Architects have been appointed as Conservation Architects for the cottage’s restoration. Appointed as lead Conservation Architects Oxford, their mission extends beyond mere repair. It’s a commitment to resurrecting the cottage to its former glory, meticulously recording surviving historic fabric as a testament to its enduring legacy.

The team at KODA Architects approaches this task with reverence, aiming to retain as much of the original structure as possible. Elements like the 13th-century cruck frame, steeped in historical significance, will be safeguarded to ensure the cottage retains its authentic character and narrative.

The repair and restoration of this Grade II listed medieval cottage further extends KODA architects portfolio of working closely with clients and other stakeholders. Further projects showcases exceptional projects, from the restoration of Royal George House in Monmouth to the meticulous repair work at St. Michael and All Angels Church, in Herefordshire.

This restoration endeavor signifies more than reconstruction; it’s a revival of history, a tribute to Thame’s architectural heritage, and a testament to the resilience of preserving our collective past.


Church reordering Architects

Transforming St. Mary’s Church: KODA Architects to Lead Grade II* Reordering Project

Brecon’s St. Mary’s Church is poised for a remarkable makeover as KODA Architects takes the reins of an ambitious revitalisation project. The appointment of KODA Architects to oversee the church reordering initiative aligns seamlessly with the aspirations outlined in ‘The Beacon Project,’ aimed at reimagining historical spaces to meet the diverse needs of communities in the 21st century.

The primary goal of ‘The Beacon Project’ is to transform St. Mary’s Church into a dynamic hub for the community, breaking traditional barriers and expanding its role beyond religious services. This ambitious endeavor seeks to restructure the church’s layout, making it more accessible and adaptable for a multitude of community-centric purposes.

At its core, ‘The Beacon Project’ articulates several key objectives highlighted on the official website. Enhancing accessibility stands as a paramount focus. The project aims to create a welcoming environment, ensuring that everyone, regardless of mobility challenges, can partake in the church’s offerings.

In line with contemporary architectural trends, the initiative envisions a harmonious blend of historical integrity and modern functionality. KODA Architects, renowned for their expertise in adaptive reuse and preservation, are set to infuse the church with innovative design solutions. Their mission is to maintain the church’s historical charm while integrating versatile spaces conducive to various community activities.

The selection of KODA Architects for this pivotal project underscores a commitment to precision planning and forward-thinking design. Their expertise in reimagining heritage structures to meet contemporary needs positions them perfectly to navigate the complexities of this historical restoration, ensuring St. Mary’s Church stands as a beacon of architectural innovation and community engagement.

As Church reordering architects we are proud of our past achievements and initiatives, like the one at St. Mary’s Church, exemplify the evolution of historical spaces into vibrant community assets. These projects recognise the intrinsic value of adapting heritage buildings to serve as inclusive spaces that foster social cohesion and cultural exchange.

As St. Mary’s Church embarks on this transformative journey, the collaboration with KODA Architects signifies a profound commitment to preserving history while embracing the future. Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this landmark endeavor, as Brecon witnesses the resurrection of St. Mary’s Church as a cornerstone of community life.

For further details on ‘The Beacon Project,’ visit the [St. Mary’s Church official website](

Class Q Barn Conversion Success

Class Q Barn Conversion Granted in Herefordshire

KODA architects have been successful with a Class Q Barn Conversion proposal in rural Herefordshire. Working closely with TT Planning and Kytex Structural Engineers, the design team have designed a contemporary bolt hole in the Herefordshire countryside.

Originally a farm store, the barn had fallen out of use, too small for modern farming uses. Planning permission was granted to convert this delightful little barn into a highly contemporary bolt hole with fabulous views over the countryside. Working with the existing structure, existing openings were glazed, maximising light as well as views in the main living area whilst at a contrast, the rest areas are more enclosed. 

Space is maximised within the building with introducing a new mezzanine floor providing additonal bedroom accommodation over the main living space. 

The barn was recently sold and we look forward to see this smalll but mighty barn come into fruition soon onsite. We can’t wait to show the final result. 



Church Repairs Finished

Church Repairs Reach Completion

KODA architects conservation architect, has been working closely with Treasure and Sons of Ludlow in the careful repair and conservation of Grade I listed St. Michael and All Angels Church in Kingsland. This month, the works came to the end of the defect period which is a period, meaning the building has been back open to the community again following the repairs for a whole 12 months. The intensive repairs works saw the re-roofing of the nave and north aisle, repointing, as well as internal redecoration and stained glass repairs. New forest of dean stone has been skilfully carved throughout to include three new gargoyles as well as ridge crosses and copings. 

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.

The works were funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and others. It was the largest funded project by the NHLF in the region to a total of £600,000.00. The project formed a flagship project for the NHLF to inform how the organisation funded projects moving forward.

We are enormously proud of this project and the dedication by all has been showcased by the craftsmanship throughout. Check out our project page for more information and for lots of in progress and completed photographs. 


KODA Architects Monmouth Appointed to Repair Listed Fire Damaged Building

KODA Architects Monmouth Appointed to Repair a Listed Fire Damaged Building

KODA architects have been appointed to carry out repairs to a severely fire damaged building in the centre of Monmouth. The end of September usually brings the beginning of autumn, however it also brought significant damage to this grade ii* listed Georgian Townhouse in the centre of Monmouth. 

Fire crews were called to the scene to tackle a blaze which was spreading through the 18th century timber roof structure of the townhouse. The building had been scaffolded to allow redecorating works but the team painting the building were using heat guns to help strip away layers of previous paint. Usually hot works, such as heat guns, are not permitted on sites, however this wasn’t the case here. Quickly the fire was out of control and all the painting team could do was to raise the alarm. 

Thankfully all the occupants of the building were able to evacuate without injury which is a combination of the quick response by the fire brigade and the early warning. Within a few hours the the fire was contained and under control but causing extensive damage to the building.

This week, KODA architects were appointed to oversee the stabilisation and consolidation of the existing building. KODAs Conservation Architects are working closely with the contractors to ensure what surviving historic fabric is accurately recorded before the structure is made safe.  The immediate works will include the building being fully scaffolded with a temporary roof preventing any further water ingress. 

Once the existing building is protected and made safe, KODA will move onto the reinstatement of the existing building. The previous building layout will be enhanced and architectural features will be carefully conserved and reinstated. As part of the works, surviving historic fabric will be carefully consolidated and retained with new materials being carefully chosen alongside. 

We will be posting on our social media about the progress of this detailed work so connect with our Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn pages for more information. 

3 sustainable self-build homes approved

Planning approval for 3 new sustainable homes in Ludlow.

KODA architects have successfully secured planning approval for 3 new sustainable self-build homes in Ludlow. The site is 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. 

The buildings include standing seam metal mono pitch roofs which 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. Rainwater is collected and harvested on site for re-use in the buildings and gardens.

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

For more information, check out our Portfolio Pages or instagram for this and other projects.

Bastion Mews Planning Application Approved!

KODA Architects scheme at Bastion Mews approved.

KODA architects are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted for an exciting new mixed use redevelopment at Bastion Mews in Hereford City Centre. The application was unanimously supported by the planning committee members, many praising the imaginative design approach. Success was achieved by working closely with the applicant and TT Planning. The proposal provides a landmark independent quarter comprising offices and shops,  a new restaurant as well as accommodation that work in conjunction with the existing businesses.

KODA architects have perused an industrial visual underpinning to develop a mixed use scheme over the expansive site reusing shipping containers as a base. The shipping containers are used in varying creative configurations including  vertically stacked incorporating stairways to the upper levels. The designs are also supplemented by balconies formed with patinaed steel and oak loures that combine planting to softening the aesthetic. The proposal integrates inherent flexibility that allows the buildings to be adapted as the site evolves. 

Bastion Mews in Hereford City Centre is encircled by the Hereford City Wall which was constructed in the 13th Century by Royal decree. The site, Bastion Mews, is named after the defensive bastion which once stood at the site and protected nearby City gate. KODA Architects acted as Heritage Consultant fully exploring the significance of the site and surrounding location.  The site has had many uses in a vibrant history with the latest use being home to the Shack Revolution and Bastion Street Feast. Quickly gaining a local reputation for great quality street food, entertainment and a buzzing atmosphere the team at Shack Events have made it a huge success for the City. 

Bastion Mews Elevation

Part of the underpinning philosophy of the sites redevelopment is a diversity of uses and users. This multi use ideal elaborates on the ethos of the highly successful Shack Revolution and Bastion Street Feast where different street food vendors pitch up their stalls and sell high quality food in a sharing and collaborative atmosphere. The urban event space also hosts weddings as well as highly successful, comedy nights, musical acts, DJ’s and of course the annual Oktoberfest!  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

For more information, check out our Portfolio Pages for this and other projects.

Student accommodation hereford section

KODA architects Design New Student Accommodation in Hereford

KODA Architects Design New Student Accommodation in the Centre of Hereford

KODA architects worked closely with a commercial developer client and TT Planning to obtain planning permission for new student accommodation in Hereford. The scheme converts a distinctive existing warehouse building in the City Centre.

The proposal converts a redundant office and warehouse building located along Widemarsh Street. The 1960’s  building formerly housed a fruit and vegetable wholesaler. As such, the building boasts a large square footage and ample space to provide purpose built student accommodation and ancillary services.

The scheme provides 27 self contained apartments that maximise the opportunities that the building has to offer with its highly sustainable location being so close to the centre of Hereford. Students will benefit from a range of generous accommodation including en-suite bathrooms and large New York style mezzanine apartment units. The scheme includes shared communal living and study area as well and outdoor roof terrace. The team at KODA have worked carefully to retain and preserve the existing 1960s modernist facade whilst maximising the unit of units within the building. 

The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) were highly supportive of the scheme stating that ‘the proposal set a new benchmark in the design quality of student accommodation‘. The scheme also includes an array of photovoltaic panels to the existing roofs that will provide low cost energy for the students. 

Can a Water Tower be a House?

KODA Architects Hereford have developed proposals to convert a former water tower in Worcestershire into a new house

KODA Architects in Hereford have been working up proposals to convert a former water tower to a large family home overlooking the Malvern Hills in rural Worcestershire. 

The water tower was built during the Edwardian period and occupies a dominant location in the flat surrounding landscape. Tanks once filled with sand and lime filtered the water, making it safe for drinking, before a gravity fed system once supplied water to near by villages. 

The site became redundant since the advent of a pressurised water systems across the country and has since laid dormant. In the drawing board, this week, KODA architects have been looking at how this surviving utilitarian structure may be converted to accommodated a new family with expansive views over the Worcestershire Countryside. 

KODA architects have explored retaining the mass of the original water filtration tanks and providing a subservient super structure. The aim is to maximise the views out in the first floor whilst retaining as much of the original structure as possible. 

Using the mass of the filtration tanks, the lower ground level has a mass which grounds the proposal to its surroundings. On top, a new light weight super structure is proposed with glazing to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape.

Main living areas of sitting room, snug and kitchen are located on the first floor which has an open and light feeling, taking full advantage of the outstanding views over the Worcestershire countryside and to the Malvern Hills. Adding to this contrast, KODA architects have employed light-weight materials to including timber cladding and glass to differentiate between super structure and rusticated lower ground floor. A projecting zinc roof structure, which is under drawn in a rich red cherry cladding, sheltering the large expanses of glazing from the summer sunshine and the surrounding terrace. 

At a contrast to the superstructure, the bedrooms, evening sitting room and back of house areas are grounded within the massing and bulk of the filtration tanks and bunded structure. This reflects a change in pace from day to day activities to evening routines and a need for a more confined and soothing environment whilst at night. 

To minimise landscape impact, a three bay garage, studio and driveway are sunken into the landscape. The garage structure is topped with a wild flower meadow. To the south a lap pool offers an interesting opportunity for reflections on the waters surfacewhilst you relax on the evening terrace.

Keep up to date with all things happening at KODA architects through our website and Instagram pages. 

We are enormously proud of this proposal and we are looking forward to seeing the finished article onsite, hopefully very soon.

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