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This is a handful of projects I have been involved in:

Berry Pomeroy Castle

Berry Pomeroy Castle is listed Grade I.  It is owned by the Duke of Somerset and managed by English Heritage.
Although recorded as a holding of the de la Pomeroy family in the 11th century, the Castle dates mainly from the late 15th and 16th centuries and comprises a Gatehouse and Tower, castle perimeter walls and dry moat, and a ruined Tudor mansion.  It was in ruin by 1701 and became a popular ‘picturesque’ and haunted site for tourists and artists.  According to the English Heritage guidebook, it "is reputed to be one of the most haunted castles in Britain.”

I provided input following a problem of ongoing water leaks from the roof of the Gate Tower.  These needed an urgent solution as they were damaging the Tower’s medieval wall painting, which dates from circa 1490–1500.

I identified the cause of the leaks (a poorly detailed stainless steel roof and over-long bays causing splitting of the lead work), compiled a condition report & recommendations, and specified an improved replacement roof and rainwater drainage design scheme to overcome the issue.
(In association with William Bowden & Jonathan Rhind Architects).

Girton College Cambridge 

Girton College is listed Grade II*.  It was built in the high Victorian style in 1869 as England’s first residential college for women.  The architect was Alfred Waterhouse and the successive ranges of college buildings were designed around landscaped courtyards by three generations of the Waterhouse family.

I negotiated on the feasibility for a substantial extension to the existing building, and was consultee on planning and listed building applications for the resulting Ash Court extension to provide 50 student en-suite bedrooms, gym accommodation and an indoor swimming pool.  My input included advice, details and design tweaks to better reflect the proportions, rhythm, and texture of the historic building and its steep roofs and towers in a complementary modern interpretation; to enhance joint courtyard spaces between buildings and provide all bedrooms with a view of the mature landscaped gardens; and to integrate a high PassivHaus level of environmental standards and energy efficiency harmoniously within the historic context, proportions and details of the overall design.
(In association with South Cambridgeshire District Council, English Heritage, Cambridge University and Allies and Morrison Architects). 


Chittlehampton Church

St Hieritha Church, Chittlehampton is listed Grade I.  It was a pilgrimage church and has a very early foundation. The remains of St Hieritha (a 7th Century saint) are probably buried in the side chapel. 

Most of the current building dates from between 1470 and 1520.  Its tower was described by Hoskins as 'unquestionably the finest church tower in Devon'.

Two stone tower pinnacles collapsed during a storm; one 2 metre length section of stonework going through the fifteenth century roof.  As project architect, I was responsible for the feasibility, consents, design & specification of the replacement pinnacles, the roof repairs & for managing the contract. 

I also carried out a Quinquennial survey, a survey of structural cracking of the tower (inspecting by abseil), and specification of further tower repairs.
(In association with Jonathan Rhind Architects).


Linton Conservation Area

Linton jetties and public inquiry

Linton is a historic rural village and market town lying on the hilly borders of Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex. The Conservation Area contains a largely unchanged medieval village street layout and 125 Listed buildings.  The majority of buildings in the High Street are statutorily listed and the high quality of the historic environment in Linton led to the village being designated as the only Outstanding Conservation Area in South Cambridgeshire.
I provided advice and input on a wind farm proposal, to be located approximately 1.5 km from the Conservation Area boundary. Following refusal of the planning application, I provided evidence as the Council’s expert witness on cultural heritage to the public inquiry.  The planning appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspector who agreed the very special character of the environment outweighed other considerations.  Full costs were also awarded to the Council.

I have also advised on a number of individual proposals and applications for repairs, alterations and extensions within the village and Conservation Area, including repairs and rebuilding of the churchyard wall to the Grade I Listed Church, extensions and repairs to Grade II* and Grade II Listed houses, conversions and repairs of historic buildings, new buildings and structures within settings of Listed buildings, the designation of a new Common, and the design & details of a historic village trail.
(In association with South Cambridgeshire District Council, Portal Chambers, Linton Parish Council and private owners & agents).


Manor house
1. Private manor house, chapel, estate cottages and tithe barn.  Listed grade I, II* & II. Project architect for roof, structural, joinery, window & door repairs, extension and conversion.

2. Almshouses.  Listed grade II.  Adviser for wall repairs.

3. Church.  Listed grade II*. Project architect for roof, structural & window repairs; replacement heating system.

4. Private house. Listed grade II*. Project architect for refurbishment, alterations & for repairs after dry rot.

Portico sketch as proposed

Traditional extensions and alterations

Cottage extension & windows

1. Private cottage.  Listed grade II, within Conservation Area.  Planning adviser for lean-to extension & replacement windows.

2. Private cottage.  Listed grade II.  Planning adviser with sketch proposal for kitchen extension.

3. Private manor house.  Listed grade II*.  Project architect for roof repairs & alterations including design for covered entrance.

4. Public house. Listed grade II. Planning advice including sketch lean-to extension for entrance lobby & wheelchair accessible toilet.

Sketch of extension to public house

Alterations and green roofed extensions

Green roof extension to lodge

1. Lodge cottage.  Circa 1800 cottage orné, listed Grade II.  Extended from original basement, with the garden continued over the extension, separating the new from the original. Architectural details and illustrations.

2. Bungalow in National Park.  Two storey extension and a garage / store built into the garden. Project architect.

Change of use and redevelopment

Barn conversion 

1. Barn & outbuildings. Curtilage listed & in Conservation Area. Converted to a house.  Planning advice & analysis of historic building phases.

2. Offices.  Grade II listed.  Part conversion to apartments. Planning advice & advice on significance.

3. Conversion to a shop.  Grade II listed & in Conservation Area. Planning advice.

4. Warley Hospital (now The Galleries).  Grade II listed. Converted to apartments, with other new-build apartments in curtilage. Planning and design advice. Gained What House? Gold and Bronze awards in 2011 and 2013.

Warley Hospital conversion to apartments

Please contact me if you would like to discuss your project or details being added.

Military chapel repair & lighting

Berry Pomeroy Castle repair

Girton old range

girton college new building

girton college courtyard

Church1 repairs

Roof damage

Tower after repair

School extensions and repairs

Shop viability & setting assessment

Tithe barn interior showing roof and cob repairs
Barn before

Stable structural repairs conversion

Almshouses repair

Church window before repair

Cottage kitchen extension

Proposed portico

Lodge entrance

Green roof extension & garage

Offices change of use and refurbishment

Shop change of use and entrance

Copyright Corrie Newell 2014.

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