recycling & resources

ANNEX (Refers to images 1 & 2)
The extensive refurbishment of an Exmoor Farm Complex including renovation of the historic farmhouse (see Biomass portfolio) also included the renovation of an annex to the main property.

A significant quantity of recycled and re-used material was used in the refurbishment of this annex. Floorboards removed from the main house clad the walls on the ground and first floor levels. The boards were roughly sanded but very carefully installed to form precise junctions between different planes such as at reveals to windows and at the wall and ceiling junctions.

On the ground floor, bricks from a collapsed garden wall provided the new floor finish and a hearth to the first floor stove, and off-cuts from the new oak flooring being installed within the main house were made into the kitchen units within the annex.

SAWMILL (Refers to images 3 and 4)
Simonsbath Sawmill, a Victorian water powered sawmill, was purchased by the Exmoor National Park Authority in 1997. The sawmill had fallen into disuse, following the Great Lynmouth Flood of 1952, which caused the turbine and leat system to become silted up and the building to deteriorate.

Louise Crossman Architects were appointed as part of the professional team to support a submission application for Heritage Lottery Funding, working with the Environment Agency to achieve excavation and reinstatement of the leat system, weirs, sluices and machinery.

This work also included renovation works to the building, which used traditional techniques and locally sourced materials, such a local larch saplings within the roof construction.

The project was Highly Commended in the William Stansell – Somerset Building Preservation Trust Award 2004.