Renovation of stable block wedding and function suite with a difference
Unusually, the 18th century stable block at Boughton House is Grade I listed in its own right (separately to that of the main house) for its outstanding architectural and historical interest. It has been used as function rooms for some years, however with such a beautiful setting and a licence to conduct wedding ceremonies the tired, outdated suite was overdue for a substantial refurbishment.
Listed buildings often pose issues of thermal efficiency and this old stable block was no exception. Many traditional methods were discussed for upgrading the energy efficiency of the roof, including boarding over the roof space completely. This was rejected, as the beams were one of the main features which made the building so attractive. Another suggestion was to use wire mesh inserted between the roof rafters, covered over with a lime plaster and inserting natural insulation such as sheep’s wool above the mesh. This was also rejected.
A review of thermal performance vs. impact on character was undertaken in line with English Heritage’s guidance on ‘Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings’, this involved full thermal analysis of the whole stable block. Working closely with Boughton Estate and English Heritage, and using our considerable experience, we were able to ensure the alterations met current regulations whilst being sympathetic to the style and requirements of this historically important building. Ready-made reed matting (bound in wire) was used as a base for the plaster rather than wire mesh to create a modern approximation of lathe-and-plaster.
Boughton Estate now has a beautiful wedding and conference facility with an enfilade of welcome rooms including reception area and cloakroom exclusively for guests of the bride and groom.This historic suite enhanced by modern building services includes heating and comfort cooling via air source heat pumps which have been carefully co-ordinated within the interior design as well as low energy lighting throughout.