14. March 2019

Barn conversion project in the Hampshire countryside

Cembrit B5


Country: United Kingdom Type: Family Houses Year: 2019 Architect: Cover Storey Architects Category: Roofing Product: B5 Blue/Black Cembrit B5 has been used as the roofing material on a recently completed barn conversion project in the Hampshire countryside. Located in the beautiful village of Itchen Abbas near Winchester, the project has seen the transformation of a traditional, single-storey stable building into two beautiful new homes built for 21st century living.


Once part of a busy farm, over the years the stable buildings had gradually fallen into disrepair through lack of use and neglect. With such a stunning location, the client recognised that a conversion to residential use was an attractive possibility and appointed the architect to draw up suitable plans. The building was outside the area considered by the local planning authority as suitable for residential development, so were insistent that any conversion would need be undertaken without significant alteration or extension and be designed in keeping with the traditional agricultural look of the building. The project was managed on a day-to-day basis by Will Heatley of Ascia Construction and overseen by contracts manager, Andy Small, who was keen to deliver a project that put the original building centre stage: “This was a great project to be involved in,” he comments. “There were lots of complex technical issues, such as keeping the original roof trusses in place while we carried out the work, which meant that nothing was particularly straightforward. That said, when we found B5 from Cembrit and chose it as the roof covering it was a very smooth process from design through to installation. We were able to take advantage of Cembrit’s wide range and get the sheets at the correct lengths for the rafters, so time on-site was kept to a minimum. The finished roof delivers the exact ‘agricultural’ look we were after and the client and planning authority are absolutely delighted with the finished result.”