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A Strategic Change for The Coach House

Full planning and Listed Building permissions recently determined for our creative solution to the stonewall that was presented through the recent global pandemic for the hospitality industry.

The Grade II listed ‘The Old Coach House’, a public house, with hotel bed and breakfast accommodation, ideally situated in the centre of the Potton town within walking distance to local amenities.

The approved scheme extends and improves the pub restaurant, providing a new Dining Area and a much needed accessible toilet and Baby Change facilities on the ground floor. Above the pub the hotel rooms are converted into 6 new residential dwellings. The reinstated barns provide a new home and the yard is landscaped to provide parking for all and a shared area for residents, with a further new home to the rear of the site. After consideration, a bed and breakfast family suite was retained in the rear wing to service the residual demand. Associated parking and amenity areas were key; whilst extending and improving the vibrant business and community asset at the ground floor of the main building. The design will add to the existing neighbourhood which strongly links with the existing materiality and style of the town but with the addition of sensitively designed contemporary layouts and performance.

Our client contacted us in September 2020 following a turbulent six months of trade at the Coach House. To ensure the continued financial viability of the popular Pub/Restaurant, which is a designated heritage asset and local community asset, feasibility studies were commissioned.  New use was needed for several areas of the property.  This included under-used upper floors from the currently under-used 11 hotel bed and breakfast rooms, the attached semi-redundant barns and the ‘yard’ to the rear.

The design team were excited to work in close collaboration with our client and Central Bedfordshire Council to create much need sustainable residential dwellings, whilst enhancing the historic building and maintaining its original use as a successful and popular pub. 

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