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The Malt House at Blacker Hall Farm

Case study:  (Approx 15 metres south west of Blacker Hall Farmhouse), Branch Road,  Calder Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 3DN (Yorkshire)

List entry number: 1135604

Blacker Hall Farm Malt House building at risk before work
Blacker Hall farm before work

Background and history

This grade II* listed malt house dates to the early-mid 17th century. The site also includes two grade II listed barns. Together they form a rare and unusually complete group of farm buildings.

The barns have been successfully reused as part of a thriving farm shop complex. However, the malt house, which is slightly remote from the barns, has fallen into disrepair.

With no permanent roof covering in place the barn has been open to the elements, roof trusses and floors have rotted and walls have collapsed.

With no identified use the condition of the building was deteriorating rapidly. The future of the malt house looked bleak. However, grant funding from Historic England has allowed the owner to appoint a professional adviser. This has helped the owner to identify a sustainable new use for this important building.

Historic England's Geospatial Imaging Team was asked to carry out a full laser scan of the building. This was to record it in case its precarious condition led to further collapse. It also provided the owner with data that could be used to form the basis of planning drawings.

Armed with this survey data, the owner and his professional adviser devised a scheme for repair and reuse of the site with the support of Historic England and the Local Authority.

Blacker Hall Farm Malt House building at risk laser scan
A detailed laser scan of the building was undertaken by Historic England’s Geospatial Imaging Team

Is it at risk?

The malt house was added to the Heritage at Risk Register in 2010. Work with the owner has identified a repair and reuse scheme to reduce the risk to the building. This will begin next year.

What's the current situation?

The detailed laser scan of the building was used to devise a repair strategy for the building and temporary works. The owner has submitted applications for Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent. It is anticipated that work will begin in 2016.

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