The Parchment Works

Will Gamble Architects, Gretton, 2019



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The project involved a contemporary extension within the ruin walls of a scheduled monument

It also included the conversion of a cattle shed within the curtilage of a Grade 2 listed victorian property in the heart of Northamptonshire.

The overriding concept behind the proposal was a 'building within a building' whereby a contemporary intervention would sit within the historic walls of the ruin to celebrate the site's rich heritage.

An honest palette of materials was used, including corten steel, oak, and reclaimed brick. A majority of the materials were up-cycled and sourced on site which was both sustainable and cost effective.

Photography by Johan Dehlin


  • Begun: Nov 2018
  • Completed: Nov 2019
  • Floor area: 180m2
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £245,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Sep 2018
  • Procurement: JCT Minor Works
  • Address: High Street, Gretton, NN17, United Kingdom

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