Lynwood House shortlisted for Constructing Excellence Award
Grade II Listed Lynwood House on Bath Road in Brislington, Bristol, has been refurbished as part of a new affordable housing development.
Completed earlier this year for Sovereign Housing Association, the site provides 52 new dwellings comprising a mixture of houses and flats, with landscaping and on-site parking.
Dating from the 1820’s in the Gothic style, Lynwood House had been left to fall into a state of serious disrepair and was included in both English Heritage’s and Bristol City Council’s Buildings At Risk register. The building required total refurbishment, which presented an opportunity to repair and improve the fabric to more modern standards.
NOMA Architects provided proposals for the restoration of the house and development of the site to provide much needed new social housing. Carefully considered refurbishment proposals were required in order to satisfy planning and conservation requirements while providing sustainable, comfortable and affordable housing.
The designs retained and restored the original features, removing non-original extensions and internal walls. The new layout was designed to retain the character of the historic building, so that the original layout of the house is visible within the building. Specialist heritage contractors Nimbus Conservation managed the restoration on site, working in conjunction with E G Carter who were responsible for the new-build housing.
The house is two storeys, with coursed pennant rubble stone to its main facades and limestone ashlar detailing and rendered walls to its secondary facades. The principal facade is asymmetrical with a single storey octagonal bay window, ornamental parapet walls and decorative porch. The western facade has three symmetrical gables with gothic windows and decorative pierced bargeboards.
Although the house was in a poor state of repair at the start of the project, the building itself was sound and free from damp and structural cracking. Large areas of the mortar joints of the stone walls were repointed to replace the cement-based mortar with a natural lime mix mortar. The bay window was carefully dismantled and rebuilt, the facades were rebuilt or lime rendered and the limestone ashlar detailing refurbished and renewed. Original features such as chimneys and windows were restored by specialists.
Retention and restoration of the Victorian gardens was important in preserving the setting of the listed building, and their use as communal gardens provides attractive and useable space to the whole development.
The design team were committed to restoring Lynwood House as an asset and the future of the building has been assured with this restoration.
The building was officially opened on 12 May and has been shortlisted for the Preservation and Rejuvenation award at the Constructing Excellence South West Awards in June.