We have the skills and experience to tackle the repair and conversion of listed buildings. We keep an eye on cost and practicality, but can can satisfy English Heritage and conservation officers. We often work in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the historic cores of towns and villages. Hives have considerable experience in the details associated with traditional timber-frame, and brick-and-tile vernacular, and the way that this can be achieved without sacrificing modern requirements for access and thermal comfort.
LONDON STREET, READING
Conversion of a grade 2 listed building into 8 flats and construction of 3 new flats to the rear. The project was taken from initial concept design through to construction for a private developer. Being historically significant, this building located within the town centre conservation area led to considerable discussion with the local authority and heritage building specialists to retain the key historic elements, whilst also achieving current building regulation standards.
BEAUCHAMP PLACE, COWLEY
This complex scheme was a mix of a church hall and a curate’s house funded by 10 private flats for a developer. The highly sensitive site is in a conservation area close to protected trees and listed buildings. Hives was involved over several years in making a coherent scheme happen which satisfied the competing needs of all the stakeholders and sits well in its context.