zinc cladding wall detail on house

Old Brickwood Farm Workshop

Industrial style conversion of a workshop into three new homes.
Location West Grimstead, Wiltshire
Status Built
Use Residential
Client Private

Conversion from rural workshops to ‘residential’ under Class E prior approval Permitted Development. These typical industrial sheds have undergone an amazing transformation to create three unconventional new homes.




internal living space in barn conversion with large open mezzanine level

New homes with an industrial interior

The applicants had been running a spoked wheel building business from half of the old blockwork and metal clad workshop, the other half being used as a joinery shop.

The proposal was to convert the whole steel framed building into three residential units.

The original building was single storey workshop below, filled with machinery, offices, stores, old tractors and classic cars.

The mezzanine above, mostly used for storing racks of wheel rims.

The finished product is as simple as possible, with exposed steelwork and insulated cladding panels visible on the inside of most of the rooms, in order to create an industrial appearance, reflecting the character and origins of the host building.

open plan kitchen with staircase to first floor with blue wall

open treat staircase with glass balustrade leading to large open plan living space in barn conversion

open plan kitchen with staircase to first floor

wooden stairs with lights under step leading from open plan living area with curved timber clad wall

Unconventional design

Due to a reasonably tight budget, this simple aesthetic, while not cheap was affordable, and provides simple elegant family homes.

The owners of the original workshop have kept the biggest unit for themselves and filled it with quirky detailing, hidden doorways, walk in fridge, ground source heat pump, and a hobby room containing historic vehicles.

Planning was particularly complicated due to the embargo on new residential units in the Solent catchment area, due to phosphate and nitrate regulations imposed by Natural England.

We were able to demonstrate that the three workshops each had their own separate WC.

The number of employees in each workshop was sufficient to allow us to convert to three residential units.


Completion Date 2023

At a glance….

What is Class E Permitted Development?

Permitted development rights allow certain existing light industrial / commercial buildings to be converted into residential use without the need for planning permission.


Farmers and Landowners

“If you have redundant workshop or storage buildings like this (old or new) that we could transform into something useful, please get in touch.”