Having started life as part of a farm courtyard, this building served its successive owners well enough as a home office until the current occupants decided it could be converted into a cosy holiday let.

Having worked through a range of possible internal layouts and achieved planning permission Arq then assisted with overcoming constructional design issues (cost effectively ventilating the roof, upgrading insulation, retaining structural integrity of the original post and truss structure) in order to enable the owners to achieve their vision while complying with Building Regulations.

Here's what the owners have to say about the project:

"Arq provided detailed drawings with a range of options and ideas for us to consider, offering a flexibility and adaptability that proved essential as the works developed. Very supportive and tenacious with local Planning and Building Control Depts, Arq provided great advice on what was practicable throughout the works. We were absolutely delighted with the end results. The combination of Arq and R&D Building Services provided great overall value and a finish we're very proud of. The ratings and comments we have since received from guests who have stayed in the property have all been 5 star and hugely complimentary."

R&D Building Services provided an excellent level of construction and finish.

The completed property is available for short-term let here.






Although space was limited (in every dimension) the purchasers of this pleasantly located home had clear and ambitious plans about how they wanted their new residence to look and function. With an existing front door 'round the back' the property didn't entirely welcome visitors.  Since there was only one storey they had considered an extension with 'sleeping platforms' above bedrooms within the limited height roofspace.

However, Arq suggested that greater functionality (and space at first floor level) could be achieved by using a ridge beam and shallow first floor construction. A small stair was then installed to access a first floor 'gallery' bedroom.  The 'open' relationship between the first floor room and hallway below avoided the need to install a large 'escape' roof window (several smaller windows naturally light the spaces more evenly and discretely instead).  The application of Building Engineering to design ideas along with an excellent brief enabled a project such as this to achieve a lot within the space available, while a new entrance porch allows visitors to more easily find the front door.






Arq Consulting provided architectural design services to established design-led property company Purple Sprouting Broccoli at Newhouse Farm Business Centre.

The first phase of business units were converted from a late 19th Century brick barn and former estate office to provide flexible workspaces, finished to a high standard to meet individual occupants’ requirements. Users of these business units have found that the location and layout of their workspaces has contributed positively to their business.

Phase two involved the re-use of an existing steel framed grain store and drier annexe, significantly rebuilt to provide flexible workspaces. Interest in the units resulted in some early occupations - all units have been fitted out and completed to occupant's individual requirements.

A construction approach was selected to allow for this: Internal structure was designed around a loadbearing structural ground slab to allow for loadbearing masonry internal walls, first floors from timber joists with primary steel beams where necessary. Timber framed, fully glazed entrance areas bring light and ventilation into the heart of each unit, supplemented by electrically operated rooflights.

Timber boarding and contrasting areas of silver 'corrugated iron' were selected as cladding materials to provide a contemporary take on the traditional farm location. Louvred timber panels provide balustrades to large opening windows at first floor level, acknowledging the previous agricultural life of the building.


NHF Business Centre
Rear View of Business Centre Cross Section Brick Barn Business Unit Business Unit



Cottage View


This tired but charming cottage could have been ‘tidied up’ and remained as a one bedroom home. However, with a larger than necessary bathroom, accessible only by walking through the bedroom (not ideal when these are the only facilities in the property) it seemed wise to consider other options:

As an Arq renovation, a new staircase was constructed to enable a small upstairs landing, leading from which are now two bedrooms and a smaller bathroom. Although the resulting spaces are small, the potential is utilised effectively, with built-in wardrobes and a smaller airing cupboard over the stair void.

Fully renovated, a sale was agreed before completion and it has provided a useful rental income for its present owner, is loved by its tenants and has required very little maintenance to date.
Cottage View Cottage view Before and After Plan





Purple Sprouting Broccoli renovated and extended this listed, traditional village pub in Fenny Compton, with Arq providing architectural and engineering design.

Run-down and unviable the pub closed in 2010. However, with a licensed history going back to the 1800's it still offered much potential and re-opened in 2012 with the support and backing of the local community.

A dark former bottle store was converted into the central bar area, allowing much improved circulation through the lounge and dining areas. The ground floor of an attached barn building has been converted into a comprehensive kitchen. An external door, believed to have been blocked up in the 1970's, has been re-opened to improve connection with the street.

Stratford on Avon District Council Building Control have shortlisted the project for a Building Excellence Award, but, more importantly, opening times and menus can be found here.

Front Door Brook St
View of Bar View of Bar View of Bar



Midlands House


Another Purple Sprouting Broccoli project – renovation and extensions to the rear and within the roofspace of this early 20th Century semi detached house in an excellent rural location, yet close to the West Midlands conurbation.

Originally three bedrooms on the first floor with a leaky, flat-roofed, single storey rear annexe providing kitchen and bathroom, the property has been transformed into a three bedroom, two bathroom family home, completed to a high standard. Daylight has been brought into previously dark rooms to create a comfortable, traditional family home with a contemporary flavour.

This property has been successfully marketed by the Warwick office of ehB Residential.





Rawstorne Heran Solicitors asked Arq to develop some signage ideas to improve awareness of their office location, within the Stratford upon Avon Conservation Area.

Negotiations with Planning resulted in the overall scheme being 'toned down' and an agreement was reached on a sign for a gable end which faces a prominent route, with much improved prominence for the office at street level.

Gable End View
Sketch Scheme Planning Drawing





Examples of preliminary sketches from which design drawings were developed

Office Furniture Hair Salon Garden Room Oxon Cottage Salford Extension





Arq has recently made lighting design, structural design, construction advisory, specification and feasibility contributions to several interesting projects.

Perhaps Arq can assist with some aspect of your current project ?

Lighting Assessment
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