Commendation for work on 18th Century home in Somerset
— 13 Sep 2016
We have been awarded a commendation by the Somerset Buildings Preservation Trust for its work at Bathealton Court in Somerset.
The practice was presented with the commendation at the Trust’s annual William Stansell Awards at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton, for its conservation work on the Grade II listed 18th Century property. The awards celebrate the finest examples of design and conservation work carried out within Somerset.
Working with local craftsmen and contractors, including Westcott Construction, Sean Wheatley and Hugh Harrison, Jonathan Rhind Architects looked to protect and enhance the original character of the property. The plans detailed conservation work on both the interior and exterior of the property, including the creation of a new top lit dining room in the centre of the house, extensive redesign throughout the kitchen, bathroom, entrance hall and morning room and structural alterations to the outside of the property including a sensitive extension. The judges noted in particular, the quality of workmanship in the plastering, timber, joinery and leadwork and they commented that: “it was an exceptionally difficult decision to choose a winner as all of the entries were of such a high quality.”
Owner of the property, David Hugh-Smith said: “The work undertaken by Jonathan Rhind Architects has improved the quality of the living space enormously and created a practical and comfortable space to live in. Throughout the entire project the team at Jonathan Rhind Architects had an excellent understanding of the planning process, which was key in obtaining the listed building consent, allowing for a strong relationship with the local authority which was essential.”