Blewcoat School is a Grade I listed building that was built in 1709 as a school for the poor.
calfordseaden was appointed to provide Mechanical and Electrical design services to carry out the mechanical and electrical design services to convert the building into a prestigious bridal wear retail outlet.
The school was operational until 1926 and in 1954 the National Trust bought the building to use as a gift shop and information centre. In 2013 a British fashion designer was granted permission to refurbish the building’s interior and use as one of their bridal outlets.
The design brief included a detailed survey of the existing services and modifications required to transform the building to the high expectations of our Client. As the building is Grade I listed the design needed to be sympathetic of the building’s structure. The design required enhancing the building’s natural features as well as adhering to the needs of our Client.
The project was particularly challenging due to the limitations set by National Trust, in terms of the building’s design, as well as the need to retain as much of the existing structure as possible, due to the building’s listed status.