The Crown Inn, Marshfield

The existing Grade II listed public house dating from the late 17th century has been transformed from a dilapidated state into a prestigious development of 6 residential units centred around the historic central courtyard, and with a new build oak framed coach house to the rear.

The historic structure was in poor condition and had extensive fire damage, yet it was important to retain as much of the historic structure as possible. In response to this, Giraffe Engineering developed a structural solution enabling the insertion of a lightweight steel frame threaded into the existing roof space, hidden above the ceiling line, and supported on the historic stone walls. This new frame achieved three purposes of stabilising the building, holding up the new roof and allowing the existing timber trusses and purlins to be suspended below where they are visible within the bedroom spaces. This adds so much character to the properties which would otherwise have been lost.

The structural works involved unpicking a variety of past interventions which had been unsympathetically carried out and were hiding many of the original historic features. We were able to bring the building back to its former glory and, by enabling the new residential development, prolong the life of this building.

Architect: Malcolm Ness
Developer: WIllment and Son

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