Our designs for a proposed barn conversion into holiday lets in rural Lincolnshire have been granted planning approval. The existing barn, located within the open countryside, is to be renovated with modest adaptions to form two self-contained holiday lets that will provide short term holiday accommodation.

Traditional Lincolnshire barns are a prominent feature of Lincolnshire’s rural landscape and the designs endeavour to apply a new layer of history to the rich heritage of this rural Lincolnshire farm building, without compromising the existing qualities.

In undertaking the design for the proposal, we were interested in the characteristics that form the language of traditional barn structures. The external appearance of the barn is to remain largely unaffected by the proposals, with the proposed interventions focussing on the internal subdivision and a strategy for “openings”.

Existing openings are respected and some previously bricked up windows and doors have been reinstated causing minimal disturbance to the existing condition. The combination of respect for the existing fabric and subtle detailing provides a rich strategy for retaining the barn’s architectural language, thus, the holiday lets will have an appearance and detail that visually ties it to its former use and rural location.

The strategy of reusing as much of the existing building fabric as possible combined with utilising natural, locally sourced materials reduces the embodied energy in production and transportations to help minimize the environmental impact of the project.

The landscape design has been developed to enhance Biodiversity, defining a partially enclosed courtyard garden, surrounded by meadow and native species tree and hedge planting. We have worked closely with the consulting ecologists to provide a rich landscape character that delivers a 175% Biodiversity Net Gain. This extensive planting combined with onsite energy production will offset any carbon emissions from the development.