An extraordinary conversion of a curtilage listed WW2 Aircraft Hangar that had been used as a distribution depot into a new live/work community. We proposed to take the roof off the centre of the hangar, and carve a ‘street’ through the centre, keeping all the traffic inside and allowing all the units to open directly onto open countryside. The proposed scheme was largely autonomous and provided a range of complimentary facilities for itself and the neighbouring village of Yatesbury including a creche and village shop. For us, it was a fantastic potential reuse of a redundant building – creating something far more sustainable and much more needed than it’s former use as a transport depot with its associated intensive traffic use. A genuine new model for living in the countryside – sadly killed off by the recession. With Grant Associates (Landscape and King Shaw (Environmental).
Read RIBA Journal on this and other creative reuse schemes HERE