Lock Keeper Cottage, River Tamar Weirhead, Gunnislake, Cornwall

Repair of listed cottage & add a new wing

Complete renovation of the iconic lock keepers cottage on the banks of The River Tamar.

The original dwelling, fish keep, boat store and canal date from 1800 and had been subject to several piecemeal interventions over the past two hundred years.

The site is both precious and environmentally important - A Scheduled Ancient Monument, part of The Tamar Valley Mining Heritage Area and The National Rivers Protection Zone. All elements are Historic England listed.

A new southern two-storey wing has been added, based on the form and scale of the original 1800 building.

Sympathetic conservation works were carried out to the whole of the building site alongside a contemporary new wing. A palette of natural materials was used throughout - local stone, slate, iroko timber cladding and hardwood windows.

The project also involved a complex strategy for flood risk defences, thermal improvements and structural strengthening.

The clients carried out much of the works themselves with assistance from local stonemasons, ground workers and joiners.

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