Focus On Grade 2 Listed Buildings, Arcon Village
In 2004 Bereco were approached by Redrow homes to work with them on a project that needed to meet strict conservation guidelines as well as compliment Redrow’s offering of high quality homes and developments.
Introduction to Listed Buildings
Listing a building marks and celebrates its special architectural and historic interest, and also brings it under the consideration of the local planning systems and conservation officers, this is so that it can be protected for future generations. The older a building is, the more likely it is to be listed. Usually a building has to be over 30 years old to be eligible for listing.
A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest, and considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting.
A historic building will be a particular grade. They are:
- Grade I – of exceptional national architectural or historic importance
- Grade II* – of particular national importance & special interest
- Grade II – of special architectural or historic interest (make up about 94% of all listed buildings)
The history, Arcon Village from the beginning.
The origins of the village date back to the late 18th century, when the site known as Wallsuches was acquired and established as a bleach works. The pioneering site was one of the first to use chemical bleaching during the late 18th century and later on the first to have a Boulton and Watt steam engine installed.
After more than 150 years of production the factory closed down, from 1950 Arcon Engineering occupied the site and it’s from there the new village got its name. Redrow acquired the site from Arcon and worked closely with the local authority, as well as English Heritage and the University of Manchester’s Archaeological Unit to sympathetically redevelop the site.
Redrow Homes & Arcon Village, a perfect partnership.
Redrow Homes brought the past back to life when they redeveloped Arcon Village, in Horwich. The Grade II listed site has had new life breathed back into it being sympathetically developed & restored into luxury character homes. The site now consists of 140 homes, a mixture of refurbishment and new builds. Modern additions with no historical interest were demolished, while original features have been maintained and enhanced.
Help was needed, Bereco’s expertise was called upon.
Whichever supplier was chosen for the windows and doors for Arcon Villages they would need to meet the stringent needs of English Heritage. Working alongside conservation is something Bereco have successfully achieved on numerous projects in the past so this project was no different. Bereco supplied the best product possible for this situation offering a sympathetic window while achieving the best energy efficient window possible, a compromise which is sometimes hard to find.
From street level the first thing people notice in Arcon Village is the facades of the buildings, so it was imperative that the fenestration of the chosen windows were in keeping. As this development is within a green belt area and part of the the West Penine Moors; an area of protected special landscape; both old and new houses would need to blend in perfectly with their surroundings
The products chosen were a mix of entrance doors, French doors, casements and sliding sash windows. The majority of the windows are dual colour, a mix of stain or dark grey externally and white inside to compliment the traditional yellow sandstone and blue grey slate. The neutral finish internally allowed the future occupiers of the homes to adopt any colour scheme they wanted.
Specialist windows were also required, these needed to include large semi-circular arched frames that would allow light to flood in, again something Bereco were more than happy to undertake having a wealth of experience in bespoke joinery.
The End…..Winning Awards
Redrow are no strangers to winning awards for their developments and designs. In recognition of their restoration of the area, Arcon Village was named Best Conversion in the Northern Designs Awards, organized by Concept for Living.
It is the second major award the development has won, the first being named as the best residential conversion category in the LABC North West regional building in excellence in 2009.