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Old Station Master’s House, Fowey, Cornwall

The Multi Award Winning Old Station Masters House is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Conservation Area of Fowey. The property; a former railway station building was derelict for many years and identified in the 2010 Conservation Area Appraisal as a ‘Building at Risk’. The building is in a prominent position close to one of the town’s main car parks and, as cited within in the appraisal; ‘creates a poor first impression of the town’.

In 2012 we prepared a detailed planning application for a residential development for a private developer where we gained approval to renovate the existing building by creating town houses and apartments.  We also obtained planning permission for a new landmark mixed use building overlooking Caffa Mill which although outside of the development envelope it provided cross subsidy to the redevelopment.

The private developer was unfortunately unable to take the scheme forward partly due to the economic climate and  in 2014 Atelier 3 introduced them to a specialist independent property development and investment company who were keen to add this to their portfolio.

Further detailed investigations found that the derelict building had deteriorated since the planning consent. Working with engineers we reviewed the options of stabilising, but due to safety and economic reasons the only viable option was to sensitively dismantle and reconstruct the building using the materials reclaimed.

In 2015 Atelier 3 secured planning and building regulation consents for the reconstruction of The Old Station Masters House forming 13 apartments and duplexes, we remained involved throughout the construction process, liaising between the contractor, developer and design team. The project consists of 6 residential properties within the newly constructed existing block and 7 within a bespoke enabling cross subsidising development. The scheme also included a bespoke stand alone bat roost.

The project maintains the character of the conservation area and retains the link to the historic railway heritage of Fowey .