Industrial Cottage Extension

Johnson Design Partnership, Ironbridge, 2015


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Contemporary extension to a historical cottage set within a World Heritage Site, close to the home of the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge

Old Wynd Cottage sits adjacent to an inclined plane and the Shropshire Union Canal within a World Heritage Site and designated green belt.

The challenge was to create a design that reflected the historic context and the client’s creativity as well as addressing the physical need for added space, light and ambience. As well as being located in the birthplace of the industrial revolution, less than two miles away from Ironbridge, the cottage also sits adjacent to a museum displaying large scale steel and bronze sculpture.

With this we perceived the opportunity to use metalwork expressively, and we treated the north façade as a contemporary bronze plane. The mass of the proposal reflects the proportions of the existing cottage, and is clad in cedar that will weather to sit comfortably with its context. This will further emphasise the feature bronze screen and oriel window.


  • Begun: Mar 2015
  • Completed: Jul 2015
  • Floor area: 41m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £83,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Nov 2014
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works Building Contract
  • Address: Old Wynd Cottage, Cherry Tree Hill, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, TF8 7EQ, United Kingdom

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