Located at the heart of the Town Centre in Morpeth, Northumberland, the Grade II listed building, formally known as Wansbeck House can be traced back to the mid 18th Century where it was originally used as the dwelling of local merchants. Since then it has been used for a number of purposes, such as the site of the former Morpeth Grammar School for Girls and then various municipal buildings for Northumberland County Council including The Morpeth Registry Office.
The design comprises of a full renovation and refurbishment of the Grade II listed buildings to convert them into 12 bespoke apartments, with a further four new cottages built within the grounds. The apartments are a mix of two and three bedroom, each with a large open plan kitchen and living space and associated parking provision totalling 18 spaces, an allowance of 1.5 spaces per dwelling and visitor parking.
Our design has been informed by the building’s historical context and the team were conscious of the need to restore as much of the building’s original fabric and periodic features as possible, whilst also creating commercially viable and contemporary homes.