Case Study:

Blue Gates Farm, Whittington.

Blue Gates Farm, Whittington

Conversion of an existing barn and construction of an extension.

We were recommended to work on this Grade II listed property in Staffordshire by the client’s architect. A Grade II listed building is defined as a UK building or structure that is ‘of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve it’. It requires special care in the choice of materials and the way any building work is handled. This is an area in which we have experience and expertise.

After meeting the client, we were appointed to convert the heavily dilapidated barn into a stunning family home and build a new extension. The client wanted the extension to have the same traditional characteristics as the original barn and the adjacent cottage. We built a timber-framed extension to the barn, restored and renovated the roof and created all the features the family wanted in a luxurious high-end home. Insulation requirements were met to keep the new home warm and efficient in energy-use. We built a new timber-framed, detached garage and workshop. We managed all the site drainage, hard and soft landscaping and external services. Electric gates and a security communications system were installed.

We completed the internal works to the highest of standards and to the interior designer’s brief. This included completion of five bathrooms, two kitchens and a state-of-the-art entertainment room. An underfloor heating system was created and served from a LPG gas-fired boiler system.

This project was completed at the end of 2013, but the client invited us back in 2015 to refurbish the original cottage on the site, which dates from around 1700. This meant we had to work with the ancient lime plaster that contained horse hair – often used in past centuries for additional strength and resilience. The windows had to be replaced with special thin glass that met modern-day Building Control requirements as well as the demands of listed building status.



Form of Contract:

JCT Contract


Private Client


Nine months

Project Manager:

Craig Brocklehurst

Completion Date:

December 2013


Brownhill Hayward Brown




Whittington, Lichfield, Staffordshire

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