Redevelopment of an island site including repair and conversion of listed buildings, development of two new buildings and public realm works.

Ferguson Mann Architects were invited to work on Knightstone Island, a unique place which is connected by a causeway to the Weston-Super-Mare seafront and has views across Bristol Channel.

The island features four Grade II Listed buildings, a Georgian house, a Victorian swimming bath, and an Edwardian swimming pool and theatre. These buildings offered an important contribution to the character of the foreshore and skyline, and we wanted to allow their character to direct the design of the new buildings.

In order to work on the listed buildings, we had to obtain Listed Building Consent and to conduct some careful planning negotiations in order to resolve the complex and unconventional internal conversion strategies.  The outcome has resulted in many unique apartments and the retention of the listed buildings which are so important to the townscape of this urban outcrop of land.

In all, 87 apartments have been provided and 340m2 of leisure and commercial space. The new public realm on the island forms an important public footpath and recreation space and as such is now an integral part of Weston-super Mare’s memorable promenade.