The restored Grade II listed Ingress Abbey is a unique Victorian centrepiece of the multi-award winning Ingress Park. Originally built as a Tudor Abbey, it was re-established in the Victorian era as a country house. As found, it had fallen into a complete state of dereliction and decay.
Working in collaboration with the building end user – a manufacturer of digital equipment for the film industry –, the Local Authority conservation officer and English Heritage, we agreed a heritage strategy for the complete restoration. We created over 17,500 sq ft of flexible workspace, including conversion of the roof space to habitable accommodation, and the basement cellar to functional space suitable for the exacting controlled environments required by the end user. The derelict orangery was reinstated and brought back to 21st century life as a refectory.
- Restoration and conversion of a Grade II Listed Abbey
- Successful balance of heritage restoration and modern interventions
- Envisioned as the centre piece in a regeneration masterplan
- The provision of 17,500 sq ft of offices
- Incorporation of air-conditioned ‘clean room’, suspended ceilings & raised floors
- Incorporation of catering and dining facilities
- Conversion of the basement & roof spaces to provide additional office-related accommodation
- Full mobility access within sensitive listed structure
- Complete restoration of the external building fabric
- Restoration of the timber-panelled entrance hall & grand staircase
RTPI 2001 National Planning and Design Award