Conservation of a medieval barn and surrounding buildings into events and workshops venue for community use.
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, built in 1342, is Grade II* Listed. For over 20 years it was the subject of neglect, disuse and accelerating dereliction and was on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register. In 1997, following the issue of an urgent works notice, the local authority purchased the barn.
Ferguson Mann Architects undertook repairs to the Main Barn in 2003, with grant aided by English Heritage. The works included extensive masonry repairs, and the restoration of the roof structure which saw the trusses being lifted back into position and reinstatement of the original mortice and tenon joints.
In 2005 the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Preservation Trust was formed with the objective of revitalising the Medieval Barn and its landscape, in order that the public may benefit from a range of activities linked to sustainable food and farming, heritage education and small business support.
Following public consultation and an exhibition, Ferguson Mann Architects obtained planning permission in 2007 to create rural enterprise units in and on the site of the former farm buildings.
The barn and the adjoining Cart Shed are now used for a variety of community functions including hire for events such as weddings and for a variety of courses, lectures and workshops with a particular focus on traditional craft workshops.