13 Royal Crescent

Montpellier

Cheltenham

GL50 3DA

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RESIDENTIAL | HERITAGE | CONTEMPORARY

Coach House

This curtilage listed former coach house, located in the centre of Chipping Campden, had been converted in the 1980s.  The initial conversion and subsequent alterations, including an extension and the addition of dormer windows, eradicated the industrial past of the building. 

The plan form has also altered over several years evolving from a simple single roomed coach house to a range of buildings and outhouses in the c19th, culminating with the late c20th alterations. The significance and legibility of this former coach house had been diluted by these changes and recently it bears more similarity to a Cotswold cottage.

 

Our proposals for a new dining area and bootroom were inspired by an historic map which depicted a missing “Fourth quadrant” and range of outbuildings to the south of the building. The two new glass box structures improve the sense of space of the cottage as well as its connection with the outside. Former windows were punched through to create a series of doorways, allowing south-west light to flood into the existing spaces, deliberately differentiating these areas from the cosier spaces of the existing house.

The minimal structure and slimline aluminium doors ensures that this new intervention is legible and distinct from the more robust and solid existing building. The limited material palette of zinc and handmade bricks, complements the Cotswold stone of the building whilst harking back to its industrial roots.