Shaw House is a Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion built as a private house and served as Charles I’s military headquarters during the Second Battle of Newbury. It had fallen into dereliction and was included on the Buildings at Risk register. Purcell was appointed to advise on repairs to bring the building back into beneficial use with the aim of making the it fully accessible, and securing £5m of Heritage Lottery funding.
The interventions were highly selective, reversible and ‘of their time’, enabling the building to provide a range of uses including conferencing facilities, offices and a wedding venue. Improved accessibility was achieved through the installation of two new passenger lifts with associated extensions at roof level.
Shaw House now accommodates a variety of office and conference facility functions to safeguard the building’s future. It has since been removed from the Buildings at Risk register