Building in Context

New development in historic areas

This publication has been commissioned by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) and English Heritage. Its purpose is to stimulate a high standard of design when development takes place in historically sensitive contexts. It aims to do this by example, showing a series of case studies in which achievement is far above the ordinary and trying to draw some lessons both about design and about the development and planning process.


The Need for Advice
The Case Studies
1. Abbots Cottages, Corfe Castle, Dorset - Careful exercise in local vernacular
2. Century Court, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire - Contemporary high density housing for a volume housebuilder
3. Gwynne Road Housing, Battersea, London - Setting a new context in a fragmented neighbourhood
4. Headland Café, Bridlington,Yorkshire - Seafront regeneration encourages tourists back
5. Juniper House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk - Local architectural patronage delivers sustainable and neighbourly office building
6. Left Bank Village Restaurants, Hereford - Modern design a less intrusive option than imitation warehouse
7. Liberté House, St Helier, Jersey - Initial reservations about modern design give way to enthusiasm
8. Library and Administration Building, Central School of Speech and Drama, Swiss Cottage, London - Bridging the gap between domestic and institutional uses
9. Parish Room, Aldbury, Hertfordshire - Sensitive extension to a Grade I listed church
10. Picture House, Exeter, Devon - Enhancing a varied historic context through confident modern design
11. Retail Scheme, Davygate,York - Patient negotiation achieves approval for modern scheme
12. Supermarket, Ludlow, Shropshire - Accommodating a bulky use in an historic market town
13. The Bars, Chester - Reinterpretation of local vernacular for a volume housebuilder on a complex inner city site
14. Thorp Architectural Model-Makers’ Studio, Sunningdale, Berkshire - Imaginative insertion enhances a village setting
15. Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire - Picking up cues without resorting to imitation
Appraising a Proposal
Further Reading

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: XH20186
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