Repurposing Contemporary Agricultural Buildings

Warren Farm is one of several developments that we have undertaken recently, repurposing redundant agricultural structures into contemporary dwellings.

Getting planning consent for newly constructed homes in the countryside is becoming increasingly difficult. One solution is to use the “brownfield” (previously developed) site argument, repurposing buildings that are already in existence.

Many farmyard buildings have become redundant. Farmers are either contracting out land and harvest management (lessening their need for storing large agricultural machinery) or their old buildings aren’t large enough for the new breed of “super machines”.

These unused buildings offer a great chance for repurposing existing structures. Modern concrete and steel storage barns can offer exciting alternatives to the traditional timber-framed barn conversions that we’re used to seeing.

Contemporary dwellings can nestle side-by-side with traditional wood-framed barn conversions, creating small unique developments of homes in multiple styles and sizes.

The Warren Farm development consists of six homes created from both traditional wood-framed barns and modern steel and concrete buildings.

The site is served by its own borehole to overcome a shortage of mains water availability.

These images show the interior of the larger modern concrete-framed building, undertaken by Hibbs & Walsh. We also worked on the timber-framed barn conversion, and construction details for the entire development. The original planning consent for the basic scheme was undertaken by another architectural practice.

Note: the photos were taken by drone. Perspective distortions have been corrected where possible, but they are low resolution images.