CASE STUDIES

 

The Willows Farm, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Client: TGC Renewables, Glasgow
Proposal: Solar PV Array

The Willows Farm lies on the outskirts of the busy Staffordshire market town of Uttoxeter, just south of the River Dove which forms the county border with Derbyshire. Much of the land was formerly part of a wider system of post-medieval water meadows, one of the largest and possibly earliest in the region. Plans for the addition of a solar PV array was never going to be a straightforward undertaking, and a large part of AH’s remit was to ensure that impacts on the historic landscape were minimised and mitigated appropriately. For more information on The Willows project, click here.

 

The Old Sardine Factory, Hannafore Road, West Looe, Cornwall

Client: Looe Harbour Commissioners
Proposal: Demolition and rebuilding of a Grade II Listed Building

The Old Sardine Factory in West Looe, Cornwall is a 19th century Grade II Listed former warehouse used as fisherman’s stores at ground and first floor levels. Prior to its proposed modernisation, a structural engineering report indicated that the building was unsafe and needed to be completely demolished and rebuilt. AH was commissioned to assess the building's condition and its contribution to the Looe Conservation Area, and to make recommendations as to any further recording necessary prior to demolition, should consent be granted. More detail on this project is available here.

 

Abbey Farm, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath & North East Somerset

Agent: Killens
Proposal: Construction of new agricultural buildings and access

Abbey Farm, Hinton Charterhouse dates to the later 19th century and has seen much expansion during the 20th century. Armour Heritage were contacted with regard to a planning application for two further agricultural buildings to the east of the existing farmyard. Initially an historic environment desk based assessment was completed due to the proximity of three Scheduled Monuments and three Grade I Listed Buildings.

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Hatch Farm Dairies, Winnersh, Reading

Clients: Persimmon Homes Thames Valley & Bovis Homes Thames Valley Region

Proposal: Mixed-use development

Armour Heritage were appointed to procure sub-contractors and manage a suite of archaeological fieldwork on this large c. 50ha site. The project had been dormant for a number of years, with first phase archaeological investigations – geophysical survey and trial trenching - undertaken in 2006-07. The 2015-16 project work included a second phase of evaluation trial trenching and several open area mitigation excavations, which identified and recorded Late Iron Age and generally earlier Romano-British occupation.

For more information on this project click here, and for a gallery of images of the main excavation site click here.

 

Leighton Park School, Shinfield Road, Reading

Clients: Leighton Park School

Proposal: New Music and Media Centre

Armour Heritage were appointed to offer advice and prepare a heritage statement with regard to a number of design options for a new Music and Media centre at the school. The proposal included the refurbishing of an existing 1970s block and the addition of new buildings in an area adjacent to the Grade II Listed School House and attached Science Block. The extant school buildings occupied an area of former parkland attached to School House including formal planting and two avenue approaches.

Following a period of negotiation with the Conservation and Planning Officers, and a number of heritage-led design iterations, planning consent was granted for the scheme in March 2016. 

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