THE PIGHTLE, TOWN YARD

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THE PIGHTLE, TOWN YARD
CLEY
THE PIGHTLE, TOWN YARD
Restoration & Extension of
Grade II Listed Building
2014
Entrant: Ben Bullen (Agent)
Mr and Mrs Darby (Owner)
The Pightle is Grade II Listed and dates back to the 18th
Century, it also lies within the Cley Conservation Area
making it a particularly sensitive site.
Since the Pightle was listed in the 80’s there has been little if
any repair or maintenance carried out on the property. As a
result the building had fallen into a serious state of disrepair.
The project was split into three main parts, firstly the
restoration of the existing house, secondly the erection of a
new extension and thirdly the erection of a new garage.
The restoration of the house involved the replacement of the
cement rendered elevations with more sympathetic lime
render. Reopening of blocked up windows, uncovering of
original inglenook fireplace, strengthening of floor joists and
re-roofing of the building.
A new single-storey oak timber frame extension has been
linked to the buildings east elevation. The extension has been
designed in order to not compete with the principal listed
building, to remain subservient and to complement the
historic construction whilst adding a modern contemporary
twist to the design.
The visual separation and the relationship between new and
historic construction is the key to the success of this scheme.
Marrying the two periods of development affectively can be
tricky but that’s where this projects really excels.
The choice of materials, quality of the workmanship and the
attention to detail is excellent and clearly defines the
extension as 21st century.
Overall this scheme combines good conservation principles
of restoring and conserving the listed building whilst also
adding a contemporary stamp and innovative intervention
into the historic environment setting.

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