This semi derelict former Orangery in Lockinge near Wantage has been given a new lease of life via a sensitive conversion to office use.
With a relatively small floor plate we were keen to maximise letting potential and our design concept included the addition of a full mezzanine floor, effectively doubling the lettable floor area.
Specialist repair techniques were employed using hand made lime mortars to spot repair areas of brickwork as an alternative to wholesale repointing thus retaining a patina of age which compliments the building’s history and status.
The south facing elevation is predominantly glazed and at risk of excessive solar gain. Using passive technologies the practice designed a special triple glazed double casement window incorporating an integral solar blind between the casements to control heat build up and glare. Accordingly no mechanical ventilation or conditioning is necessary.
Internally the original roof structure has been exposed to view with cellular offices created using frameless glass partitions thus keeping the scale and form of the original structure visible for all to enjoy.
The project demonstrates how through creative design and conservation knowledge a previously redundant asset can be brought back to useful and profitable life.