This project was a new-build property within the open countryside. The existing site was a disused mushroom farm and housed a large portal frame structure which was already on site.
As planning policy does not support development in the open countryside in principle we used the Paragraph 84 (Paragraph 80 as was) route, (at the time known as Paragraph 55) which supports isolated development subject to it either being innovative or of extremely high architectural merit.
Base were appointed by the client on this basis and we were the first agents within the designated local authority area to secure a ‘Grand Design’ Paragraph 84 (Paragraph 80 as was) approval of this type.
Extensive engagement was undertaken with both the local authority as well as Design:Midlands , and following a number of initial design principles we agreed with the design panel that the best use of the site was to pay homage to its original use and existing form.
Therefore, a dominant barn-like structure was proposed with impressive oversailing roof lines whilst using a contemporary palette of materials typically used in agricultural settings.
Base Architects not only managed the planning application stage of works, but also undertook the building regulations, tender and contract administration providing our ‘concept to completion’ service for the scheme.