The Grade II listed Temple Inn in Temple Cloud (Somerset) sat awkwardly between the busy A37 and scrubland behind the building. Our client saw the potential to develop the site around the pub in order to secure its long-term future and allow for its renovation, and regeneration of the wider village.
Through conversations between the client, planners and the design team a scheme of 9 new homes and a building housing overnight rooms for the pub was developed. The pub currently sits on the edge of the village, however the new development will enclose it in housing allowing it to become integrated into the Temple Cloud life once again.
The whole of the development site sits within the curtilage of the Grade II Listed pub and was therefore necessary for us to work closely with the Local Planning Authority when developing the site layout and building design. We engaged in a number of rounds of pre-planning consultation with the Local Planning Authority, and received strong support for our proposals on this sensitive site. The Conservation Officer described the development in the Committee Report as follows:
“The layout and form of the proposed development will result in attractive groupings of built form enclosing spaces to create a distinct character. It is refreshing to see a sitespecific design proposed which responds to local distinctiveness, rather than “off-the-peg”house types and layouts generally used by the volume house builders with little regard to local character.”
BANES Conservation Officer
The development was awarded a RIBA South West Regional Award 2018.
"Through careful negotiation with the planners, the architect has achieved a scheme which draws on the historic morphology and detail of the village, interpreting traditional form and fenestration to create a unique and innovative response."
RIBA Judges citation for Temple Cloud
The design of the buildings references local architectural characteristics such as the strong stone window surrounds, and asymmetric placement of windows with the façade.
Aerial view of the site as it existed. The Temple Inn sits on the edge of the village surrounded by scrubland and a large car park.
The addition of three new buildings on the site enclose the Temple Inn in housing allowing it to become integrated into the fabric of the village once again.