Somerfield House – renovation and redevelopment of a Grade 2 stared listed building, Cheltenham
While on English Heritage’s national list of buildings at risk, this property was acquired by developer clients, Beaufort Homes Western Ltd a subsidiary of Berkley Homes. Planning permission was obtained by Ralph Guilor Architects to convert this Regency building, built in 1828, to four flats. Due to the derelict condition of the building “enabling development” for a new build “coach house” comprising three further dwellings, was also negotiated with the local planning authority and granted planning permission to fund the cost of the development.
The renovation works included the complete dismantling of the front elevation, salvaging what was possible of the original stonework and its detailing, hand carving replacement new stonework that could not be saved to match the original, and the complete re-erection of the front of the building including new font entrance and steps. Other renovated and restored items included ornate cornices, fire places, and the side veranda and boundary railings.
A Cheltenham Civic Trust Award was awarded for the quality of the design and restoration works that were completed.