Barn Conversion in Lindfield

Project Details

Location: Lindfield nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Local Authority: Mid Sussex District Council
Size: 320m2
Completed: 2007

Awards

High Commendation at 2007 Small Scale Residential Award - Sussex Heritage Trust Craftmanship Award 2007 – Sussex Heritage Trust

Conversion of a 17th century historic timber framed barn within the High Weald AONB into a dwelling.

The conversion of Woodsland Farm Barn has resulted in securing the future of a historic timber framed building dating from late 1600s with linked brick outbuilding dating from 1850s of heritage status from a largely nondescript collection of redundant farm buildings which were no longer of practical use and had been considered an ‘eyesore’ in the Sussex landscape.

The building was bounded on two sides by large unsightly redundant steel/concrete Dutch barns. The removal of the existing buildings (some 845 sqm) was a factor in the decision to accept an extension and ultimately a better design has been achieved with a courtyard form (in the way a traditional farm grouping might have evolved) providing intimate space to the west side and open aspect to the south and east.

The scheme design started in December 2005 and following careful consultations, planning permission was secured in Autumn 2005 with project completion in Spring 2007.

The use of appropriate materials to restore the building include additional local Sussex Sandstone from a nearby quarry in West Hoathly to supplement the original stone plinth.  Of special significance is the construction of a new bedroom extension in traditional jointed oak frame from timber felled on the farm.   This extension allowed the design to maintain double height spaces within the barn and open ceilings to the ridge in the single storey kitchen and farm office.  

It is a unique, high quality, conversion project, ‘nestling’ in the Sussex landscape and within the High Weald AONB, successfully maintaining the integrity of the original historic structures, enhancing their setting and accommodating the requirements of the family and farm.

The project received a Sussex Heritage Trust Awards due to the careful design and it’s execution by the owner using traditional materials and techniques making a significant improvement to the landscape and restoring traditional Sussex farm buildings in a sympathetic way.

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