A project to transform one of Shropshire’s oldest and most iconic buildings has reached its half way point.
The renovation and extension of Bishop Percy’s House in Bridgnorth is progressing well, according to the architects behind the scheme.
Vic Johnson, of Johnson Design Partnership, who drew up plans to convert the 16th century half timbered property in Cartway into a tea room and holiday apartments, said that he was delighted with the way the development was coming together.
Contactors started on site in mid September last year and are now on track to finish the project, which will also include the construction of two contemporary homes, for owners Maria and Reg Allen of Stourbridge in July 2017.
“Bishop Percy’s House is a striking town centre landmark and we are thrilled with the way the plan is to bring it back to life is progressing,” said Vic, whose firm is based in Station Lane, Bridgnorth and is working with Three Pines Building Company of Wolverhampton on the project.
“The main premises has been stripped out and acoustic and thermal upgrades are being made to the fabric of the existing building.
“Obviously as this is a Grade I listed building we are working carefully with English Heritage and it is very exciting to see things taking shape.”
He said that the new houses would be built on the site of a derelict gym at the rear of the site and would overlook the River Severn.
Demolition of the existing gym has finished and ground works are now nearing completion, with the superstructure work on the new properties starting shortly.
“This is a very important initiative for Bridgnorth and for Johnson Design Partnership as it incorporates refurbishment and remodelling of the historical building and an innovative, modern element to the rear – it will be a bold blend of ancient and modern.”
Vic said that elements of the town’s heritage had been used in the design of the two new eye-catching homes which would be typically elevated and ‘upside down’ in nature to maximise river views though balconies and large windows.
The houses will be a striking contrast to the black and white timber-framed property.
Owner Maria Allen plans to display pictures and artefacts from the site’s past in the tea room which will also have an outdoor seating area. The holiday accommodation will be let to tourists who want to stay in one of Shropshire’s most historic settings.