In 1997 Building Tectonics designed the alterations of this derelict, 17th Century grade 2 listed building in Fenny Stratford (just outside Bletchley) to form it into 3 commercial units below and 3 flats over. Previously architects had obtained planning permission for the conversion of this unit into 6 dwellings, but this was considered uneconomic.
Having worked on listed buildings before, our general philosophy is to understand the existing structure, and where possible work with it – This is very much close to the heart of the Tectonic philosophy.
In the case of the 59 Aylesbury Street project, it had been built as a farmhouse, its timber frame being organized in 3 bays. Creating 3 commercial units below and 3 flats over meant there only really had to be minor adjustments as very little had to be done to the timber frame structure itself. This pleased the historic building officer and was an economic and safe solution to the refurbishment.
Building Tectonics project managed this to the completion on time and on budget. The flats and commercial units remain very popular to this day and are always occupied.
Written by Tony Keller – Building Tectonics.