The client sought Purcell’s help to make sense of the complex layout of the historic building. The early 18th century building comprised sections of a stone medieval structure on the lower level with Victorian interventions on the upper floors. The 1970s saw the building insensitively converted into three residences, one in the main Georgian building and two flats in the Victorian interventions.
Internally, the ground and first floors had a Georgian layout. Works in the Victorian period and 1970s confused this layout with new partitions and a second back staircase. The major challenges were to rationalise the spaces, create a single family residence and provide access to all floors from one main staircase.
Retaining the living room and drawing room on the ground floor, we combined the kitchen and dining room to create a more functional space for the family.