Barn Conversion

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AC|A have been busy designing the unique conversion of a Shropshire barn into a modern, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom dwelling.

Situated in a relatively flat existing grazing field, this existing timber frame, timber cladded, single storey barn gained permitted development for the conversion into a remarkable private dwelling.

AC|A provided a design concept that is truly unique and provided our client with a home to be proud of.

A glazed roof ‘ribbon’ takes you through the main entrance hall of this deep floor plan, enabling natural light to penetrate deep into the centre of the house, but also subtly guides you to the kitchen, the metaphorical heart of the house.

Western red cedar cladding, ivory white render and dark grey aluminium aspect windows and sliding doors give a material palette a modern twist sitting under a traditional looking standing seam zinc roofline, whilst the external landscape the building sits in is rural, purposefully low key and meadow like.



New build apartment building in North Wales

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An update on the Holywell Apartment building development. The project is looking good with the Contractor completing the roof construction, the exterior walls, the pre-cast concrete elements as well as the internal stud partitioning layout. 1st fix mechanical and electrical are programmed to start on site within the next week or so.

AC|A have been approached and instructed to provide architectural support to a number of recent domestic projects across Shropshire, Cheshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. We have superb relationships with all these councils and pride ourselves on high success rates in planning, building control and completed works on site.



New Member of Staff

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AC|A have pleasure in announcing that Shannen Marshall has joined the company. Shannen is an award winning Interior Designer with a first class BA (hons)  degree in Interior Design from the University of Lancashire. Since her arrival Shannen has already made a positive, creative impact on current concept designs that AC|A are working on.

See our new Interior Design page for further information.



Barn Conversion

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AC|A are currently experiencing high volumes of interest from owners of redundant farm buildings to convert into state of the art homes for either ownership or selling on as developments.

Permitted development right changes have really kick started an interest in converting agricultural buildings and AC|A are fast becoming the architectural practice to speak to about these types of conversions.

If you have any redundant barns/ agricultural buildings, why not speak to us today, we will happily meet with you at your site and discuss your potential project. We welcome new enquiries.


Barn Conversion

Great News about Permitted Development Rights and Affordable Housing Contributions

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For those that do not already know, permitted development rights changed  as of April 2014. You can convert redundant agricultural buildings to residential dwellings without the need to apply for planning permission. The changes only apply in England and came into effect on the 6th April 2014. It allows the conversion of the agricultural rural buildings into either 3 dwellings or a maximum of 450sqm of residential space. Listed buildings and buildings within areas of either conservation or natural beauty are exempt from the change.

AC | Architecture Ltd can happily confirm that following detailed conversations with Shropshire Councils planning policy department, NO affordable housing contribution will be required if indeed the conversion falls under permitted development. This could save potential developers, farm owners and agricultural land owners approximately £12,000 in affordable housing contributions to the council per unit.

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New Work

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AC | A have recently been approached by a number of new domestic and commercial clients looking to maximize their existing space and extend their existing properties. 


Exciting new projects will be shown on this website soon and include:

– Shropshire Lane Farm, Redevelopment of existing barn into 2 new dwellings

– Lock Cottage, Extension and re-modelling

– Rose Cottage, Extension and re-modelling

– Equestrian developments

– Redevelopment of Happy Days Coaches depot

– Burton Lodge, Extension and re-modelling

– Conversion of a Dairy Farm into commercial offices

 We are always keen to speak to new clients so if you have a query, please contact us and we will try and help.