In its prime, Kings Farm bustled with activity. Those days disappeared, leaving a litany of redundant buildings and facilities to fall into a state of disrepair. Local planning policies generally mitigate against redevelopment or refurbishment. However in this instance, conversion of what was last used as a cowshed into start-up units for small enterprises was permitted.
Having already restored one dilapidated building at Kings Farm, we one day discovered the opportunity for government funding of another. (It was in the early days of the internet and emails which we embraced ahead of many others). Therefore we notified our client’s agent who prepared a detailed business plan which formed the basis of a successful bid to part fund a refurb.
Securing planning permission was not easy. It meant keeping the building exactly the same shape and size, but providing it with new cladding and a refurbished interior. Internally we divided the space into separate units, each equipped with two external doors: one for personnel and the other for goods and materials. (Not an easy task because headroom was severely limited).
Ever since its completion, the building has hosted many small businesses and proved a great asset to the local community.