Lister Tower

PAD Studio, Lyndhurst, 2016


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  • Location Plan    
  • Plans    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • North and east elevations    
  • Sections    
  • South elevation    
  • Before Refurbishment    
  • Before and after photos    
  • Bay window design     
  • Staircase design     

Refurbishment and restoration of existing 19th Century water tower in the heart of the New Forest into residential accommodation

Located within the New Forest, Hampshire, this four storey water tower was first constructed in the early 1900s to gravity feed water to the adjacent Fritham House. The attached cottage building housed the diesel generators which pumped water up to the top of the tower for storage. The tower was in very bad state of repair with a number of single glazed timber and metal framed windows which had deteriorated to the point of leaking.

PAD began the refurbishment by stripping away the existing furnishing and decor to reveal the water towers historic fabric, before proposing a number of contemporary interventions, including a large protruding window and sculptural steel staircase.

The window acts like a camera lens, puncturing the building at first floor level, focusing one’s view out to the garden and beyond. A window seat is also formed creating a space to sit, soaking up light.

The new sculptural steel stair, was designed as an industrial feature in the day room, rising up through the double height space to the bathroom on the fourth floor.

As part of the renovation, a carefully selected pallet of materials complements the existing brick allowing the original architecture to be clearly expressed against the new additions. Furthermore, extensive cleaning was undertaken to refresh the buildings external walls and bring back the original brick’s colour. New minimally framed Crittall windows were designed and installed to maximise natural light and improve the buildings thermal performance.


  • Begun: Sep 2015
  • Completed: May 2016
  • Floor area: 42m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £150,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2015
  • Procurement: Contract Management
  • CO2 Emissions: 10kg/m2/year
  • Address: Lister Tower, Fritham, Lyndhurst, SO43 7HH, United Kingdom

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