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The Longhouse, Heslington

Client/Developer: Owners
Architect/Designer: Bramhall Blenkharn
Builder: WA Hare & Sons


The new building is a mixture of new build and renovation of 2 two-storey brick barns. The site was an unused farmstead at the southern end of Heslington village within the Conservation Area and part is within the green belt boundary. The intention was to provide a new building, which reflected the agricultural heritage of the site in scale and materials.

The brief was to create a free-flowing space linked to one of the brick barns, which is utilised as guest accommodation.

The new house is a hybrid structure of steel frame and cavity masonry. The south elevation is recessed behind double height oak columns, a reference to the former pole barn. The building is highly insulated and makes use of the south facing aspect to capture solar gain.

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