Should we approach every project with the mind-set of a heritage repair? Is heritage refurbishment sustainable by default? In recent years our knowledge and understanding of the methods of construction used by early carpenters and masons has greatly increased and there is now much more awareness of the archaeological importance of old buildings and therefore the need to preserve them in situ wherever possible. Could we apply the same approach to all existing buildings?
Drawing on our knowledge of working with heritage properties, Symmetrys were employed to carry out the Structural Engineering design works on this beautiful listed building in the Ashwell Conservation Area in Hertfordshire. Working with our good friends at Stiff + Trevillion Architects, the team were tasked to design a sensitive extension joined to the house with a frameless glass link, and to carry out remedial detail to the listed property.
Ducklake House is a grade II* listed building and owes its grading to its historic and architectural value with the remains of a mediaeval timber frame being of considerable interest. It goes without saying that a property of such importance, resulted in the need for extremely thoughtful, well considered and sensitive structural engineering solutions.