The Grade II Listed former lacemaking factory, Derby Laceworks, opened in 1825 in the heart of Barnstaple. A large, rectangular building, part of a wider industrial complex, it was damaged by fire in 1972 and used for storage until it closed in 2013. It was bought by Homes England in 2017 with a view to redevelopment for housing use.
LHC were commissioned by Homes England in 2017 to explore development options. A number of layouts were developed to help Homes England market the site. LHC undertook a public consultation on the proposals and also carried out a Historic Building Survey of the site to Historic England Level 4.
Architecture, Conservation, Urban Design & Masterplanning
This involved preparing a written account of the history of the site, a photographic and written record of the existing buildings, record drawings and an assessment of the significance of the buildings. LHC then secured listed building consent to demolish those parts of the factory which were not historically significant. Homes England were then able to carry out a package of demolitions and enabling works in order to make the site more attractive to a developer partner.
Our proposals included the provision of residential development in two options. Option 1 being a mix of housing within new dwellings and the converted factory buildings, and Option 2 being a mix of proposed housing within new dwellings and the converted factory buildings alongside Later Living accommodation. Both option would deliver:
Sympathetic refurbishment/conversion of the disused factory
Provision of a range of house types to meet local needs, including a high proportion of 2 bedroom homes
A high quality design which is in keeping with the industrial character of the site and of Barnstaple
Create a safe, attractive and low-speed environment for people to comfortably walk and cycle within the site, thus creating a permeable layout to connect to the existing facilities in the surrounding area.
Homes Engand went on to find a development partner and the development is currently in the pipeline.