A longstanding client wanting to set up a new business venture, commissioned C+S to project manage the transformation of a derelict C16 Tithe Barn.
Overseeing the Listed Building Consent and planning application process, C+S presented a case to the local planning authority to bring back into use these rapidly deteriorating buildings. C+S were instrumental in producing solutions to address queries relating to ecology, accessibility, building control and the conservation of the barn. Assisting the client with the initial business concept, marketing, and recruitment allowed the business to take bookings before completing the building works.
The interior finishing is sympathetic to the building but allows through its neutral palette those viewing it for the first time the ability to visualise holding their event within these spectacular surroundings.
A phased project approach saw the opening of this successful private venue in 2018. C+S coordinated all project management, client liaison, spatial planning, and interior and lighting design.
The main barn area is split level with a wall dividing the two areas; originally used in medieval times for keeping the animals separate from the grain. Discussions with the local conservation officer brought about the commissioning of a glass balustrade design and the installation of a new staircase with tread lighting. A mixture of oak and steel handrails compliment the surroundings, and the glass divide allows diners on both levels to interact with uninterrupted views. Original cartwheels were restored locally by Nigel Tyas and form one of the main barn features. C+S chose to light the roof trusses with a mixture of uplighting and downlighting in varying beam widths. Flooring was sourced from an old whisky distillery and if you look carefully, the vat numbers can still be seen. Recessed lighting at the sides of the building washes up the stone walls and to help with the scene setting of the various layers of lighting, Rako was introduced. Staff are able to use either keypad controls for selecting the correct level of lighting throughout the day, or there is an option to manually alter each circuit using an Ipad.
Knowledge of the hospitality industry, and in particular the running of private events, informed key decisions regarding layout. Spatial planning to include the conversion of the old workshop into elegant washroom facilities and include a beautifully designed accessible WC were produced. Not wanting to incorporate an institutional feel; but continue the overall design aesthetic of the building, C+S introduced oak handrails and sleek sanitary and brassware fittings. A fabulous wallcovering design by Edmond Petit is reflected in the large lit mirror and gives the room its unique styling, whilst serving the practical purpose of concealing a useful storage area. The mirror design enhances the overall feeling of space and light in a room with low ceilings and no windows.
A stunning green oak staircase with lit handrail was designed and winds its way up through the building to an original window which was opened up by the builders and now provides guests with a view of the dining area from the first floor. On the half landing a wonderful leaf lighting feature was imported from France and continues the theme of nature that runs throughout the interiors of the barn and the old workshop.
The old potting shed was transformed into a large bar service area. The shelving created to incorporate a beautiful leaded arched window and work around the rooms beams. The original brick flooring was restored and re-laid alongside a new encaustic tile floor from Original Style and is washed with a recessed light within the service counter. The brick pillars were lit using up and down lighting to create a sense of height against the low ceilings.