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16th June 2016

Caulmert is delighted to announce that on behalf of one of our clients, we have secured both planning permission and listed building consent for a large two/three storey rear extension to the notable former home of Sir Henry Royce, known as Brae Cottage in Cheshire.

In addition to various refurbishment works to this prestigious grade II listed building, including renovating the detached Hothouse and the original external Generator house, which would have been used to provide the house with electricity, it will provide much improved additional residential accommodation across basement, ground and first floor levels whilst securing the long term future of this important building.

Brae Cottage was commissioned by Sir Frederick Henry Royce of Rolls Royce Fame and constructed in 1898. The house was designed by prominent Manchester architect, Paul Ogden, whose name is inscribed on the inside face of the stone lintel over the entrance door, with interior design work by Alfred Waterhouse, who designed a number of prominent buildings including the Town Hall in Manchester and the Natural History Museum in London. Sir Henry moved to the newly built property in 1898, then aged 35, and lived there for nearly ten years. At some time after its completion, the property was the subject of a large three storey extension, however, within a few years, the majority was demolished, with the reasons why remaining unclear.

Caulmert’s planners have considerable experience in negotiating proposals for sensitive listed buildings within conservation areas such as this, and have worked positively with the client’s architect, Dickinson Waugh Architecture, through protracted negotiations with local authority officers, to achieve permission for this generously proportioned extension.

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