The Old Schoolhouse project involved the remodelling and extension of a characterful building deep in the heart of the Northumberland National Park. The original building dates from around the late 18th/ early 19th Century, and was once one of the remotest schools in England. The project divides the building into two parts to be let as holiday cottages, and in order to achieve this an extension was required; no mean feat in the strict planning requirements of the national park.
The design creates a modern but sympathetic addition which mirrors the form and proportions of the original building, wrapping the slate of the roof down onto the walls to create a tonal contrast with the existing building, and includes some crisp and innovative detailing. This is the first project in a series in the area and will provide the opportunity for people to experience the wonderful landscape and history of the beautiful national park, and we are looking forward to completing the others in 2018.