Oakfarm, Liverpool

Client  Private Client

Contractor Urban Splash

Architects Shed KM

Contract Value £2M

Services Structural Design and Principal Designer

A prestigious development involving the total refurbishment of an extensive 17th century Grade II Listed farmhouse, stables and outbuildings. The buildings consisted of traditional sandstone and timber construction and were in a state of disrepair. New timber floors and roofs were provided to all of the buildings and the external facade was repaired and blast cleaned to reveal its former glory. Several of the main elevations were underpinned.

A new state-of-the-art building was introduced adjacent to the main existing farmhouse to complement the original layout and provide linked access to the larger extension.

The new structure was designed using a lightweight steel frame with circular columns and a completely glazed front elevation. A steel and timber floor and roof structure was provided with large cylindrical steel roof lights and a striking stainless steel staircase feeding the upper floor.

Due to the age of the property, the conservation officer took particular interest in the project. The original building had been altered numerous times and had been partially rebuilt with significant structural defects. All subsequent alterations and refurbishments were rigorously reviewed by the conservation officer, who we liaised with extensively.

The project received numerous awards including winning the New Build Private Residence Award and also the RIBA Manser Medal.