Respecting the character and spirit of this historically important village was central to our master plan and architectural designs for this residential development in Dorset. Our proposals sought to conserve its unique identity as well as satisfy the commercial ambitions of our client, Gladedale Executive Homes.
Pymore is an early nineteenth century rope and twine manufacturing village and an industrial heritage site of UK significance. Although the village had suffered significant decline over recent years, with a range of stakeholders involved, our architectural and landscape consultants had to work hard to resolve conflicting aspirations.
Throughout the development of the master plan and subsequent landscape and architectural designs, we engaged closely with our client, the local authority and the Campaign to Protect Rural England to deliver a sustainable development that was both culturally and economically viable.
Forty two and three-storey houses and apartments, of varying sizes and types, have been built in a contemporary architectural language that integrates with the existing housing stock. Their form and scale is rooted in the local vernacular and, in some cases, re-uses materials from nearby dismantled buildings.
The full master plan includes conversion of a disused hostel to residential use and the relocation of existing buildings to allow for potential flooding from the village stream.
Image credit: Andrew Carr