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Breathing New Life into the High Street

KODA Architects have successfully gained approval for the conversion of a redundant commercial building close to the City centre of Hereford. 

It is a common problem to see City Centre commercial buildings become empty. This is not only due to pressure from online shopping but also due to the underutilised floorspace on the upper floors of many City Centre commercial buildings.  The tenant not only has to pay rent on this space but also local business rates based on total floor area. By diversifying these buildings we can make the commercial element more attractive to smaller businesses. 

The approved scheme modernises and efficiently re-orders the empty 1960’s three-storey building to provide much needed affordable accommodation. In total there are 10 spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The scheme also retains the fully occupied commercial premises to the ground floor.

This is one of a number of similar projects that KODA Architects have completed. It has enormous benefits in providing much needed affordable housing to the City by repurposing an underutilised resource.  The development will breathe new life into the high street and positively enhance the street scene.

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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.


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KODA architects Hereford launch website

KODA architects Hereford are proud to launched their brand new website.

We have been working hard over the past couple of months in generating content and revisiting past projects to take photographs. 

Conservation Architect Fred Hamer said ” Revisiting past clients has been a great and a very rewarding experience. It has allowed us to see how the projects that we spent a long time detailing and working on have changed how you clients lives. Revisiting our many happy clients has been great, reconnecting and catching up. 

KODA architects do not just cover Herefordshire, but have projects currently in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, London and in Shropshire. Geography isn’t a problem as our past projects include working in Exeter and Lincoln. We will consider projects throughout the country so if you have a project you would like to discuss with us, please get in touch with us. 

At KODA architects Hereford, we love seeing our clients dream come to a reality and this is realised by working through our process in close collaboration with you the client. For more information on our process working with our private clients:

As RIBA Chartered Architects, we follow the RIBA Plan of Work but have adapted it to provide a bespoke process for our clients. Our new website outlines our services across the RIBA stages whether it be from initial inception right the way through the detailed design, construction and handover. We believe in adding value at each stage. From our initial inspection of the site, we will look for every opportunity available to maximise the development, whether it be a small house extension to a brand new house, business headquarters, retail outlet or sensitive repair project.

Our thanks goes to our website developer Do it UK who can be contacted through their website at

KODA Architects in Herefordshire are overseeing a number of projects across the country with regular updates to follow, stay tuned for more.


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Extension in Worcestershire

KODA Architects in Worcestershire are delighted to announce that planning permission had been granted. The works include a full schedule of repairs and replacement of some previous extensions to a Grade II listed property in Worcestershire. 

The property was built in the 16th Century and once was a formed part of a wide country estate. With the country estate being demolished, little remains of the estate with the cottage being one of the surviving elements. The quintessential Cotswold property with Cotswold Stone walls and a black and white timber framed sits in a prominent location in the village. The property was a house for many years but spent some time as the village shop and then turn back into a house. The property has undergone significant alterations throughout its history with many replacement timbers, being reused from other timber frames buildings and a replacement roof. 

Prior to KODA architects involvement the property had a series of unsympathetic extensions including a UPVC conservatory. The proposals include removal of two phases of extensions and replacement with one, better considered, space. The new proposed extension is a striking a contrast to the existing medieval cottage. The large open glazed wall give views over the private garden whilst maximising the light into the newly formed kitchen. 

The new extension uses traditional green oak framing together with black bi folding doors, creating a close relationship with the garden.

KODA’s, Conservation Architect Fred Hamer said “working with historic structures is a pleasure. Before we propose any alterations or repairs, we first must investigate why and how the building was built. Then to find out what has caused the failure. Sometimes the cause can be obvious but other it takes a little opening up by removing plaster or brickwork to discover what the cause is.”

KODA Architects Worcestershire are overseeing the construction phase, with regular updates to follow, stay tuned for more.


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Planning Permission Granted for alterations and additions to cottage near Ludlow

KODA architects are delighted to have received planning permission for alterations and additions to a cottage near Ludlow which had been severely damaged by a fire. Although not habitable the new owners of the building could see the potential of the property which commands striking views of the Shropshire countryside. Our clients brief is to maximise additional floor space for them and their family to enjoy.

Initially the Planning Officers were not in favour of the contemporary design or increase in footprint proposed by our scheme. However after providing justification KODA Architects successfully negotiation with the Local Authority and the proposal was recommended for approval.

KODA Architects design seeks to restore the existing building to its previous status by replacing the PVCu windows with sliding sash timber windows similar to that original to the building. The extensions take the form of a two storey rear addition integrated with a single storey side extension which incorporates an open plan sitting roof glazed floor to ceiling to take advantage of the stunning views.

The design successfully doubles the original buildings footprint whilst also respecting the original buildings prominence. The new walls are in stone to reflect that of the existing building coupled with floor to ceiling glass maximising both natural light into the building and views out. The internal layout was also re-ordered to complement the layout of the building creating a larger open plan feel to the property. The key element of the proposal has to be the new opening planning living room extension which incorporates a rooftop terrace taking full advantage of the views.

Working with our private clients, we seek to realise their brief and maximise the potential of each dwelling, needless to say out clients are thrilled with the result. KODA Architects services will be retained though to the next phase of the detailed design.

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New Apartments in Hereford City Centre

KODA architects have submitted an application for nine new apartments in Hereford City Centre. The proposal is to convert a former 1960s office building into new self contained units complete with communal areas.

The building was constructed in the 1960s as a fruit and vegetable distribution warehouse, with associated offices and replaced a terrace of Victorian properties. In contrast to the terrace, the new façade boasted large windows which throws light into the upper floors. The design of the new apartments takes full advantage of the large windows, maximising light through the building.

The massing and front elevation is a testament to 1960s architecture. Formed of a concrete frame, tile bands feature below the large format windows adding colour to the once white frame. KODA architects proposed to retain the 1960s façade and through a series of repairs bring it back to its former glory.

Working with our developer clients, we seek to maximise the potential of each site. The advantages of this development were easy to see at the outset of the project. The new apartments are a stones throw away from Hereford City Centre, making the site highly sustainable, allowing the new owners to take advantage of Herefords amenities.

Our submission has been reported by the Hereford Times and locals have fond memories of the building and the people who used to work there. The applications gaining positive feedback, view a summary on: