Northfleet Green, Kent
Winner: WhatHouse? AWARDS 2016
Bronze Award for Best Renovation for Hazells Barn & Oast, Hazells Farm, Northfleet Green, Kent.
Built in the mid 19th century, Hazells Barn, on Hazells Farm, was erected during a period of experimentation in the design of agricultural buildings. A process of using imported materials and implementing simplified structures and jointing was being tested and this magnificent barn is testament to the time. Associated oasts and a stable contribute to the group of buildings that now make up the collection of farmstead homes.
Because of the complexity of the site and the building’s Grade II listing, Esquire Developments worked closely with the local conservation officer during both the application and the construction phase. Wherever possible, original fabric and features have been retained while balancing the history of the buildings with the demands of modern living and the need to maximise potential.
Barn conversions are among the most difficult, often ending up being sadly compromised. Part of the success of this scheme results from the bedrooms being on the ground floor. This has allowed much of the building’s volume to be retained with double-height living spaces above where utility areas are housed in single-storey pods to avoid conflict with the roof trusses. The external elevations are equally successful in retaining the building’s essential character and form.