42 townend: this grade II* listed house in Almondbury near Huddersfield was sub-divided in the 18th century to form three cottages and dates from the mid to late 17th century.

The owners appointed us after Phase 1 of the alteration works had been undertaken. Phase 2 has involved alteration works to reinstate the second floor accommodation which had become redundant when the first floor ceiling was raised sometime during the 19th century. Planning and listed building approval was awarded in 2000 however some minor amendments meant a second listed building application was submitted along with a Building Regulations application.

Works have included relaying of the stone roof slates on a breather membrane, installation of insulation which has been underslung with reed board and lime plaster, reinstatement of the second floor, installation of a first to second floor staircase, installation of new windows and an ensuite. The existing masonry walls have been lime plastered and new partitions installed to first and second floors, finished with either laths or reed board and lime plaster.

These works bring all the original accommodation back into use using materials which are either contemporary with the buildings original construction or are have high environmental credentials with very low embodied energy.



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