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Architect's account

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BUILDING STUDY

In 700 years the site has been owned and developed by four occupants.

While it has a long and significant history, the recent past has seen inappropriate development and misguided intervention. While mindful of the site's history, our intention was to re-establish the site's coherence and enhance the varied texture of the surrounding context.

The primary elevations are articulated as independent walls which express their construction. They rise from ground to third floor level, forming a frontage consistent with the surrounding facades and cornice lines of key adjacent buildings. Above this level the elevation incorporates a terracotta cornice surmounted by additional floors conceived as roof elements.The materials used are Portland stone incorporating fine profile clear-glazed windows, with stone window arches. The floors above third floor level are detailed in metalwork with lead cladding. The elevations to the north, west and south of the main building and to the north and south facades of the west building, are of brick incorporating fine profile clearglazed windows. Rising from ground to third floor level, they are treated in a simpler manner than the primary elevations, as appropriate to their less prominent location.

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