Marshall House
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Marshall House
Location:
Knutsford
Client:
Private
Status:
Feasibility
Photography by:
Stefan Shaw Studio

Marshall House in Church Hill is a Grade 2 listed building which was built in 1893 to house the Church of England Egerton Boys and Girls School. Since 1977 it had been home to Wright Marshall auctioneers, which went into administration in
2018.


The property was put onto the market with Williams Sillitoe in September, and the town council anticipated a sale price of £1.5 million upward. The opportunity to buy the building was considered by the town council at two meetings in October but was rejected as it was deemed this would have
been a poor use of public money.


Once open to the market, our client realising the potential within the stunning red brick building as asked for us to prepare a feasibility study to explore configurations to convert the former auction house into luxury private residential dwellings. Explorations realised the opportunity to divide the building both horizontally and vertically to create diverse mixture of apartment, duplex and townhouse arrangements. Working within a listed building, all options retained and restored the historically valuable assets and original features of the building, while converting the spaces into contemporary open plan residences.


Utilising the incredible floor to floor heights of over 6 meters, mezzanines were introduced to create more intimate spaces within the original body of the building, while double height kitchen and living rooms populate the entrance levels flooded with natural light through the original arched windows. Listed buildings make up some of the country’s oldest and arguably most beautiful housing stock, ranging from all manner of architectural periods, all of which are deemed to be of significant interest, which is why obtaining consent to make any changes can be tricky to navigate. It’s important, therefore, to understand what you can and can’t change, how best to approach the correct bodies to make alterations, and the likelihood of gaining approval.


Having worked extensively on listed buildings across the UK including Park Hill in Sheffield, Europe’s Largest Listed Building, we have an in-depth knowledge of the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of listed building refurbishment and extension. If you have a question related to a listed building you are looking to
adapt, drop us a call to discuss and we would be happy to lend our knowledge on the subject.