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Rural Barn Conversion

McCormick Architecture has gained planning permission for the conversion of a redundant rural barn at Littleton Old Hall to an eco-friendly office building. The new design uses the existing agricultural barn as its outer shell, with a new independent inner structure providing 833 square metres of modern office space.

The innovative, sustainable design of the new building has a number of interesting energy-saving features, including solar panels on its roof, heating from ground-source heat pumps, sustainable sheep's wool insulation and rainwater recycling. Visual impact on the surrounding countryside is kept to a minimum with large wooden shutters which are part of the fabric of the original building helping to camouflage the building's windows as well as providing shade.

Said Sean McCormick, Director, McCormick Architecture, "We are delighted that this exciting small office scheme has been given the go-ahead. Chester City Council's Planning Board supported the aims of the scheme in giving an alternative use to a redundant rural building that will provide employment to support the rural economy, whilst keeping the character of the original building and not significantly affecting the openness of the Green Belt."

Commented Marc Hourigan of planning consultants Colliers CRE, also involved in the planning application, "In essence, the development of this redundant agricultural building for employment is appropriate for the countryside. It's an excellent re-use of a building that makes very little contribution to either the built environment or the rural economy at present."

Construction work on the barn development is expected to begin in early 2008.

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