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Convert a former agricultural concrete framed hay barn into a contemporary desirable residence that reaps the full benefit of its glorious setting.

Haygates - Garage
Haygates - Lounge 2


  • Location: Leicestershire 
  • Sector: Barn conversion
  • Client: Private Client

Contemporary floor to ceiling glazing fuses with traditional Swithland stone and rustic timber to create the perfect home.

Haygates - Side


A Part Q application to convert a former agricultural barn to a new dwelling had been approved by the local authority. Once building had commenced on site and the clients could get a feel for the transforming property, they sought an additional first floor en-suite bedroom to give a panorama of the tranquil surroundings. This necessitated a full planning application for change of use to be submitted, which was subsequently approved.

The fibre of the barn has been retained, with the concrete framing providing the fortification and essence of the new property. The concrete walls have remained in situ, aside from the principle elevation which has given way to full floor to ceiling glazing complete with sliding glazed corner doors to seamlessly unite the indoors to out. The ceiling beams have been contrasted with rough sawn timber cladding.

A traditional palette of local Swithland stone was selected to clad several concrete walls, with timber cladding for the remainder. The stone has been replicated internally in feature walls and a double sided fireplace to create the perfect broken plan living space.

Due to the immense variation in land heights, the garage was cut into the landscape, with the garden cleverly seated upon it. This limits the impact on others and leaves an uninterrupted panoramic vista across the valley.

The barn has been regenerated on to the next stage of its life, and a truly unique and exquisite property has been created.

Haygates - Bedroom


  • Architects: HSSP
  • Principle Contractor: Pearson Property Developments Ltd
  • Structural Engineers: Tunstall Smith King Ltd
  • Landscaping: Alan Capeling Landscape & Garden Design