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Converting a Grade II listed derelict watertower into a family home

At a high point in the Dorset countryside, this disused reinforced concrete water tower was a forbidding and poorly lit Grade II listed building. The belvedere was previously only accessible by an external staircase. It was bought by a structural engineer who specialised in concrete, and who came to us to help give this building a new lease of life. We inserted new floors and an internal staircase, working around the intermediate tank floor construction, to transform the building into a family holiday home.

Awards

Winner: Concrete Society Award 2002

Mature Structures Category. For outstanding merit in the use of concrete

Judge’s comments

‘This is an impressive structure that has undergone a very sympathetic restoration. The original design of the tower gave it the appearance of a ‘folly’, making it an attractive structure even when a functional water tower… During transformation, new floors have been constructed from in-situ concrete. There is much exposed concrete throughout, and the board-marked finishes on the ceilings have been completed in an expert manner’.

Proposed ground floor plan

Proposed ground floor plan

Proposed third floor and belvedere plans

Proposed third floor and belvedere plans

All proposed plans

All proposed plans

Proposed elevation and section

Proposed elevation and section

Interior view of the belvedere roof

Interior view of the belvedere roof

Entrance to the tower- after repairs

Entrance to the tower- after repairs

Water tower after repairs

Water tower after repairs