Barn conversion

Excel Structures has been heavily involved in helping deliver a stunning private development of four luxury homes in rural Hertfordshire. Designed and incorporated within a single, SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) superstructure, Excel Structures has also supplied the windows, external doors and conservation rooflights.

Occupying the exact footprint of a former and dilapidated indoor dressage arena, ‘The Great Barn’ development adopts a traditional architectural barn style design befitting of its rural location.

Designed by TW-2 Architects of High Wycombe, the project also features a four-bay car port, abutted with an ancillary bin and bike store, that has been created from an oak frame also supplied by Excel Structures.

Commenting on the decision to adopt a SIPS offsite construction system, Peter Knightley, Founder Director of TW-2 Architects said: “The Great Barn was unusual in that the site was in close proximity to an active livery. This dictated the necessity to adopt a construction process with as little disruption as possible, making SIPS the ideal solution.”

The Great Barn’s understated splendour emanates from its extensive roof elevations, finished in handmade clay tiles and punctuated with conservation roof lights, the butted eaves of which serve to offer protection to the black ship lapped timber cladding and dark stained windows and doors. The external appearance of The Great Barn is further accentuated at all four elevations through the incorporation of protruding gables that are extensively glazed in floor to ceiling height units.

With project management being coordinated by Benet Consulting Limited, it was main contractors, Maxas Design & Build Ltd who initially instructed Excel Structures on the project and who were also instrumental in providing contract design input into not only the superstructure, but the finishes and processes involved in delivering the project.


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