The Threshing Barn

Restoration and Reuse

Architect: RJP Architects

Structural Engineer: Paul Molineux Associates

Main Contractor: Anthony Hicks

Joinery Company: Anthony Hicks

Additional Contractors: Dude & Arnette (roofing), Lazenby (flooring)

Ecological Consultant (Bat Surveys): Greenspace Ecological

Lighting Design Consultant: George Sexton Associates

Approved Inspector: London Building Control (South)

Wood Supplier: Orlestone Oak Sawmill, JW Timber Ltd, Winwood Timber, Made in Ply, Mike Wye & Associates

Species: Oak (Europe), Softwood featheredged cladding (UK), Birch Ply (Baltic), Woodfibre (Switzerland), PEFC & FSC certified sources

Location: Willesborough, Ashford

Photography credits: © Rebecca Johnston-Photis and Chris Snook Photography

A large, Grade II listed 18th Century threshing barn, which has been carefully repaired and refurbished with a reliance on traditional skills.

The barn is one in a group of three Grade II listed buildings which once formed a working farmstead. It is a traditionally constructed timber-framed aisled threshing barn featuring cantilevered half bays to both hip ends – a trait usually associated with earlier barns of medieval origins.

The project consisted of the thorough repair and refurbishment of the barn, which was in poor condition after years of neglect. In addition to significant repairs to the historic oak frame, the fallen porch was reinstated alongside the installation of a heated floor, rebuilt ragstone plinth walls, locally made oak barn doors and a wood fibre insulated, structural, birch plywood lining throughout.

The guiding principle of the project team was to conserve the historical character of the building. In carrying out necessary repairs and upgrading the thermal envelope, the space is now suited to a range of uses, securing the future of the barn for generations to come.