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Conservation

"Conservation" in architecture covers a wide range of meaning, from the minutiae of pure conservation of historic building fabric to general conservation of the character of a locality.

Grainge Architects have carried out many projects within Conservation Areas and involving Listed Buildings, as well as others which are neither of these but nevertheless involve buildings with historic value or charm. We have found that the key to success in the marrying of contemporary practical usage to historical fabric, form and setting is a solid understanding and appreciation of historic methods and materials (eg leadwork, lime-mortars and renders, timber framing, as well as, particularly in the South-West, cob, thatch etc) combined with a sensitive design approach which respects the old but does not, except in very particular circumstances, try to ape it. Usually a poor copy is far worse than a high quality contemporary addition.

It is important when working with listed buildings, scheduled ancient monuments and within Conservation Areas to consult with specialist bodies - local Conservation Officers, Duchy of Cornwall, English Heritage, Diocesan Advisory Committees etc, and we have developed positive working relationships with many of these.

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  • Pannier Market, Tiverton

  • All Saints Church, Teignmouth

  • The Tythe Barn, Yeovil

  • Westcliffe Hotel, Sidmouth

  • Pannier Market, Tiverton

  • The X Centre, Former Dry House, Exeter

  • Washmoor Barn, Yettington

  • All Saints Church, Teignmouth

  • The X Centre, Former Dry House, Exeter

  • Richmond Dock, Appledore

Pannier Market, Tiverton

Pannier Market, Tiverton

This was both an urban design and community project, involving extensive consultation w...

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Richmond Dock, Appledore

Richmond Dock, Appledore

An alternative scheme to the contemporary approach featured in our "Housing" ...

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Teignmouth Church

Teignmouth Church

Re-ordering – Church of Our Lady & St Patrick, Teignmouth A number of ear...

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The Tythe Barn, Yeovil

The Tythe Barn, Yeovil

This Grade 1 listed tythe barn, formerly listed as a scheduled ancient monument, owned ...

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The X Centre, Former Dry House, Exeter

The X Centre, Former Dry House, Exeter

The existing 15C wool-drying shed was one of a small number of surviving buildings in t...

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Washmoor Barn Conversion

Washmoor Barn Conversion

This conversion of an old cob barn with Victorian flint- and timber-walled extension in...

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Westcliffe Hotel, Sidmouth

This scheme for substantial increase in size of the existing late Victorian hotel was s...

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