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Barn conversion in Herefordshire

KODA architects have been appointed for a suite of barn conversion in Herefordshire this week.

The farm located in a very rural part of Herefordshire and has a range of barns including traditional rubble stone with pitched roof to a modern steel portal frame and concrete buildings. The farm has a great deal of potential for conversion and KODA architects are working closely with the wider design team to bring about a carefully considered intervention, maximising the sites potential.

The farm dates back to the early 1800s just prior to when farming activities intensified during the industrial revolution. As such, there are remnants of old agricultural practices such as a surviving stone cider press and press. It seems as though the inhabitance have just left, making this part of the building highly significant, attributing to its grade II listed status. KODA architects are planning to incorporate the original press by leaving it in situ, making it a feature to the room.

We are prepare a master plan for the whole farm site to bring about a new range of development, offering new houses in a rural part of the country. Past farm diversification projects include Barn conversion in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire where conversions and carefully planned interventions have been included to supplement farming income.

Recently the government have announced new class Q regulations further allowing the conversion of agricultural buildings. For more information see KODA architects guidance on getting planning permission on barn conversions and how to get planning permission under class Q.

We will be following the progress of our investigation works and the development of the site through our Instagram and News posts – stay tuned for more information. 



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KODA architects in Hereford learn that £95 million announced for #HistoricStreets

KODA Architects Hereford has just learnt about a new suite of funding to revive historic High Streets.

This week, the government has announced £95 million to revitalise 69 High Streets in England, with Leominster, Herefordshire being the lucky recipient of some the cash injection.

Conservation Architect Fred Hamer said ” High Streets across the UK are struggling to challenge the might of internet selling agents. This new cash injection is part of the governments drive to help high street adapt to the changing environment.” 

Leominster will share part of £21 million investment allocated across the Midlands area and joins Plymouth, Bedford and Tottenham. The funding has been awarded by three main contributors including £52million from Ministry of housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund, £3million from National Lottery Heritage Fund and £40million from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

This week, Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan announced the boost as said “Our nation’s heritage is one of our great calling cards to the world, attracting millions of visitors to beautiful historic buildings that sit at the heart of our communities. It is right that we ensure these buildings are preserved for future generations but it is important that we make them work for the modern world.”

A large portion of KODA architects in Hereford historic and current work is working and careful adapting historic structures, meeting the needs of the current owners or users. KODA architects in Hereford currently have projects across the country including Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. For some examples of you previous work, please contact us or take a look at out PORTFOLIO OF WORK.

Our historic environment is a finite resource and once it is lost, we cannot recreate it honestly. This environment is critical in our association with a sense of place and homeliness. The £95million will allow these assets to be carefully repaired but also adapted to meet the changing nature of the high street in the 21st Century. 

KODA architects in Herefordshire are working with a number of community groups and retail projects, with regular updates to follow, stay tuned for more. http://www.instagram.com/kodaarchitects/