The Wool Hall (Grade II Listed) dates back to the 16th century, when Beckington was a centre of the wool trade in Somerset. It has a rich recent history functioning as a music recording studio for Tears for Fears, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, The Smiths and The Pretenders amongst others. The building has undergone major alterations over time, its character has faded and many areas are in poor condition.
We have designed a series of alterations to the existing building for the new owners that aimed at resolving its current disjunctive layout and strengthen its historic character. The proposal will enhance the natural light of the spaces and improve the relationship with the garden. The main gesture was to introduce breaks to the continuity of the volume, creating new small courtyards in the place of existing interior rooms.
We recently applied for planning permission for this proposal which was granted approval today.