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Insole Court is a Grade 2* listed 19th century coal baron’s mansion set in 14 acres of attractive gardens on the outskirts of Cardiff. Purcell was commissioned to undertake an options appraisal & Conservation Management Plan by Cardiff Council which identified that the building held significant potential for increased community use supported by heritage activities and revenue generating commercial activities.

Purcell continued to design the repair and adaption into a community facility and office space, with improved access for heritage tours and education.

The part of the project that required the most significant liaison with Cadw and the amenity bodies was the works to the stable yard, which were to be converted into a community facility as a way of transferring these functions out of the main house, and enable the formation of spaces that were more appropriate to such functions. Purcell’s proposal had been to use a flat planted roof, but this was not received positively by Cadw, and ultimately a subsequent proposal to use a black zinc roof as an interpretation of the slate roof that had previously covered the stables was accepted.

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