Anstey Hall Barns

Trumpington, Cambridge

This housing project for the award winning house builder Hill Partnerships Ltd, is located in a very sensitive position adjacent to the Grade I Listed Anstey Hall, an important late C17 example of country living, and in close proximity to the Grade 1 listed church of St Mary and St Michael along Grantchester Road close to the city centre of Cambridge in Trumpington village.

The farm buildings include a Grade II Listed timber framed single aisled barn, and a dovecot, which represent the primary historic assets on the site. The scheme converts the currently redundant and derelict barns into eight stunning residential conversions and a small number of new build homes, offering spacious four and five bedroom properties within this unrivalled location.

In converting the barns to residential use, we wanted to avoid an over-domesticated treatment by retaining as much of the character of the Grade II listed barn and Dovecot and all barns within the curtilage as possible.

In particular we sought to preserve their agricultural exterior by reusing original openings and using matching materials.

Inside, an open plan layout and high-specification finish is intended to provide a powerful contrast to the exterior. Drama is provided by features such as the beautiful exposed timber frames and double-height living spaces.

In addition, the new housing is contemporary in design to enhance the legibility of the existing farmyard buildings. The designs are well-mannered companions to the older buildings, reflecting the variety of scale and composition. Good quality contemporary materials are intended, which are compatible with those used in the farm building conversions.

Architect: Cowper Griffith

Client: Hill Partnerships Ltd

Value: £8M

Completion: Late 2016