KODA appointed for Detailed Design at Dinham Hall, Ludlow

We’re excited to share with you that KODA architects are appointed to carry out detailed design at Dinham Hall in Ludlow

Dinham Hall is Grade II listed and is just located just outside Ludlow Castle walls. Built in c1792, by Samuel Nash for Richard Payne Knight of Downton Castle, the building has a long and interesting history, once a grand private home. The building was converted into a boarding school with fond memories and more recently a boutique hotel boasting fine dining, to critical acclaim.

KODA architects are appointed to carry out the planning and designed design to see this fine building converted into seven high spec apartments.

As part of historic interventions to the property, the building has lost a significant amount of historic detailing including coving, fireplaces and finer details such as architraves and doors. As part of the new conversion project, the conservation team at KODA architects propose to reinstate historically accurate features to enhance the buildings significance, allowing the building to serve to new purpose. KODA conservation team are complimented by a wider design team including agent, fire design, lift manufacturers tanking specialists, surveyors and mechanical and electrical engineers. One of the first appointments is the to have a full measured and topographic survey of the building and plot to carefully detail repairs and new interventions to the historic fabric. 

New apartments will have generous accommodation with lift access and use of the grand central staircase. Each unit will boast private parking and amenity space together with long reaching views over Ludlow, countryside and of course, the adjacent grade I listed and scheduled ancient monument of Ludlow Castle.

As the project progresses through detailed design, we will keep you updated with our progress. Stay turned through our new newsletters and other media platforms including: Instagram, Facebook LinkedIn and Pinterest boards 

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Working with English Heritage & Amazon at Stokesay Castle

KODA architects in Hereford are working closely with English Heritage and Amazon Prime at Stokesay Castle in Shropshire

This week, KODA architects Hereford has carried out a schedule of condition at the grade I listed and scheduled ancient monument of Stokesay Castle in South Shropshire ahead of the site being closed to the public until May for the filing of a period drama by Amazon Prime.

The production which is set in the medieval period is set to be aired later this year. Before the production team could move in and dress the set, a full schedule of condition was required to safeguard the historic fabric against damage. 

Stokesay Castle was constructed at the end of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow, who at the time was one of the richest men in England. It remains a treasure by-passed by time, one of the best places to visit in England to experience what medieval life was like. The great hall has remained  unchanged for over 700 years and is a fine example of construction with spectacular medieval roof timbers. Perhaps the most characterful addition to the complex is the 17th-century gatehouse with fine decorative timber carving. The castle is set within breathtaking views of the Shropshire Hills

The gate house, although characterful was built much later and would not fit the medieval setting of the drama, neither did the 21st century reception or WCs. Therefore the production team had to this carefully about how to hide this interventions from the finished article. 

We are eagerly waiting for the screening of the new drama. Watch this space!

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HSE to Investigate Dust Levels

KODA architects have learnt that the from the beginning of next week, October 7th 2019, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be visiting construction sites throughout the UK specifically looking for measures to control dust.


Across all of KODA architects projects the team carry out a Principal Designer role in Hereford, assisting and supervising the health and safety process throughout the design stages. Our appointment is furthered through the construction stages where we assist the Principal Contractor in operating in a safe and ordered way. We carry out these duties under the Construction Design Management Regulations (CDM) 2015.

Health and Safety is at the forefront of our design process and where possible we will always strive to design out risks during the construction process or at a maintenance level.

Among other serious risks, dust can be a major issue during any stage of a construction project whether it is during the demolition and take down or through applying plaster and finishing touches, each activity has their own risks.

During the demolition phase dust can be a serious issue not only to the wider environment but also to the people carrying out the activities. Added to this risk is Asbestos within the construction material itself.

The Health and Safety Executive have published many guidance notes on working with dangerous materials. Click on the links below for further information:

Asbestos Essentials

Dust Guidance

Respiratory Equipment Guidance

The additional measures are to target and reduce the longer-term affects of dust on construction works of occupational lung disease, which may not manifest itself straight away but many years later.

KODA architects principal designer in Hereford oversees the health and safety management of our project throughout the design phase. On all of our projects the team at KODA architects carryout a designers checklist which then is used for the basis of our pre construction health and safety plan.

For more information, take a look at the HSE news bulletin .

If you would like to discuss anything in post, please do not hesitate to contact us.



Class Q Barn Conversions

KODA architects have a wealth of experience for planning and delivering Class Q Barn Conversions. We have recently been successful in a class Q Barn Conversion in Herefordshire as well as in neighbouring counties of Shropshire and Gloucestershire. 

Planning Permission

Formal Planning permission is not needed for the Class Q Barn Conversions under the General Permitted Development Order. Subject to a set list of requirements, some barns may be converted into offices and residential premises provided they meet the criteria set. The criteria list is quite long however the headline points are as follows:

  • The building is not listed;
  • The area is not in the a conservation area, national park or area of outstanding natural beauty;
  • The barn must have been in agricultural use on the 20th March 2013 or ten years prior to the conversion which ever is greater;
  • Once converted the finished building must not be greater than the original footprint;
  • The building must be able to be converted without any structural interventions i.e. no new footprints, floor slabs or load bearing walls;
  • No new significant openings i.e. windows and doors are permitted only ones to allow conversion.

Do I need an Architect?
In short – yes. As architects, it’s our job to ensure compliance with the legislation whilst maximising the design, getting the most out of the building. We can also assist with the additional information required including a structural appraisal of the existing building, landscape impact and submitting a certificate of Lawfulness to the local authority to ensure that your project complies with the order.

If you have a potential Class Q Barn Conversion and you would like to know more about our process and routes to convert the building, get in touch with us. 

Local Requirements:
Each local authority as an approach to Class Q Barn Conversion. As part of our process when approaching a Class Q application, we would seek out their requirements.

We have had a number of successful projects delivering Class Q Barn Conversion in Herefordshire and the neighbouring counties. For Herefordshire Local Requirements click here.


Farm Diversification

Competitive farming the current economic climate is challenging with many key people stepping out of the industry for a more glamorous work is farm diversification the answer?

Farms throughout the country have many attributes which they can capitalise on whether it be offering new camping or glamping facilities’ through new activities or conversion of redundant buildings through farming permitted development and Class Q.

Adding additional revenue streams to existing farming businesses make sense. Taking the pressure off the main source of income the release of assets can be used to reinvest back into the main business. Diversification could be the answer:

More than half of UK farms have carried out a form of diversification according to new figures realised by DEFRA. A recent study found that over a twelve-month period the total revenue from these farm diversification activities was £580million in 2015/16. A study carried out by the UK Government found that on average farm diversification provided an extra £10,400.00 in additional revenue per farm.

Many activities include cheese making, pick your own fruit or participatory events such as One Man and his Dog or learning new country skills.

In some cases, offering bed and breakfast through holiday lets or converting redundant buildings have far exceeded traditional revenue streams offering a wealth of investment opportunities and development potentials.

What can I do on my farm?

Class Q allows conversion of certain types of barns into houses, even if they are isolated. Whilst these are subject to stringent conditions, this does offer a route of realising capital out of the land or a more passive conversion through holiday let portion.

If you have a project in mind and you would like to discuss it with the team at KODA architects, drop us a line or email us through out contact us page.

What this space for more helpful information in house secure planning permission for class Q barn conversions and more…

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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/


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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: https://kodaarchitects.com/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 https://doituk.com/

KODA Architects in Herefordshire are overseeing a number of projects across the country with regular updates to follow, stay tuned for more. http://www.instagram.com/kodaarchitects/


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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. http://www.instagram.com/kodaarchitects/


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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.