18 Jan Cowan Architects Renovate Town’s Landmark Building as Part of Company’s Growth Success
Cowan Architects is renovating one of East Grinstead’s landmark buildings as part of the Company’s growth. The old Circuit Judges’ lodgings at the top of the High Street, Old Stone House, is a Grade II* listed building that the Practice has bought to support its expansion from the offices next door. However, the building has been neglected for more than half a century and Cowan Architects has recently undertaken a programme of renovation to restore it to its former glory. The task of bringing the building up to standard is a long-term project but the end result will provide a new design studio, new offices, a spacious reception area, kitchen, toilets and staff shower room.
Cowan Architects’ Managing Director, Phillip Mumford said
“When Old Stone Link came up for sale, it made sense for us to buy it as the limitations in our current office space has restricted our ability to expand.”
The Practice is working closely with the Conservation Officer and renovation specialists using conservation grade materials to restore the stonework, timber facade and roof outside while inside they are installing a heating system and rewiring the entire building to bring it up to modern standards. Repairs to the historic Horsham stone roof and tooled stone façade will be phased in later when the weather is kinder.
“We’ve been able to open up many of the original features such as the 16th century staircase and historic fireplaces which had been previously hidden away, as well as protecting all the beautiful oak panelling which is part of the building’s rich heritage”