Kings House Grade II* planning & listed building consent

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We have successfully obtained planning and listed building consent to carry out alterations to the building and gardens on this important, Grade II* listed, early C17 yeoman farmer’s house in Cheltenham. 

Proposals include extending and modernising the kitchen and utility rooms, reinstating a historic pedestrian access from the old London Road, rationalising and redesigning the external circulation and gardens.  Our research and understanding of both the building and the gardens/setting provided compelling evidence of previous (since demolished) extensions and external circulation routes to support our proposals.

Being Grade II* listed does bring another level of scrutiny to the planning process.  In England over 90% of buildings are Grade II listed (buildings of special interest), 5.8% are Grade II* listed (particularly important buildings of more than special interest) and just 2.5% are Grade I listed (buildings of exceptional interest).


New extension to Tate St Ives


I recently visited the extension to Tate St Ives and am happy to report a thumbs up!

Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects it’s been shortlisted for the 2018 Stirling Prize.

The new gallery is sunk deep into the cliff and benefits from beautiful St Ives daylighting via the cleverly designed roof that successfully combines 6 light chambers with massive in – situ concrete beams spanning the 16.5m width.

The extension also provides additional space for an excellent permanent exhibition of the C20 St Ives artists who lived and worked in Penwith, including Barbra Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Patrick Heron and many others. AK


Barbara Hepworth garden tour


Barbara Hepworth’s studio at Trewyn, St Ives is a unique combination of sub-tropical garden and sculpture museum.  Miranda Phillips, co-author of Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden led a guided walk around the inspirational setting – exploring the history of how the garden was developed and extended during the 26 years that Hepworth worked and lived, and also sadly died here in 1975.  The garden has been in the care of the Tate since 1980.

Tucked away in the centre of busy St Ives, it was a treat to re-visit all the lush sub-tropical plants within this walled garden oasis.  Some old favourites included the Agapanthus, Acanthus, Echium, Canna, palms, bamboo and ginger lily specimens. This sculpture is called Figure for Landscape (1959 – 60).  WT




Kelmscott Manor is the famous Cotswold retreat of William Morris, who rented it from 1871 - 96. The house is a treasure trove of textiles, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and paintings by Morris, his family and friends.

It was the location of a summer day out hosted by Architect Peter King & Val King, founders of The Rooflight Company (who created the original Conservation Rooflight).  A tour of the Grade I house and gardens, was followed by an informative guided walk around Kelmscott village led by local resident Peter.  The village contains cottages by renowned Arts and Crafts Architects Ernest Gimson and Phillip Webb.  The house, gardens and village are worth repeated visits.