Building projects


at Waxham Barn


The project was carried through to a successful conclusion within budget by thorough and careful administration on the part of the project officer, Caroline Davison.’

David Baker, HLF Monitor.
Preparation of successful bid and management of circa ₤500k project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England Development Agency, English Heritage, LEADER +, the CITB and Norfolk County Council, to complete repairs to this 16th century Grade I barn on behalf of the Norfolk Historic Buildings Trust. This complex project centred on conversion of a single-storey wing into a café and included:
  • research and production of Conservation Management Plan
  • pilot on-site training scheme, which gave 13 operatives the opportunity to work towards NVQ level 3s in Conservation and Restoration during site works
  • attendance of over 90 construction students on work experience days
  • recruitment and training of over 20 volunteers
  • administration of multiple funding streams
  • research and production of the interpretation scheme and a full programme of events for the first summer season. 
The project is a Heritage Lottery Fund case study:  TEACH at Waxham Barn

Surveyor: Dirk Bouwens

St Mary’s Church


Preparation of successful bid and co-ordination of circa £200k project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Council for the Care of Churches, to conserve internationally important 11th century wall paintings plus small repairs and re-fitting of the church interior.

The project included:


  • management of funding
  • volunteer recruitment and training
  • design and production of interpretation scheme

Featured in BBC2's ‘A Passion for Churches’.


External site funded by the project: 



            Wall Painting Conservator:
            Tobit Curteis Associates
            David Watt, Hutton&Rostron

Interreg IIB North Sea RURAL programme


Proposal and research on the re-use of redundant farm buildings which secured European funding for a three year programme, culminating in a web-based ‘toolkit’ leading farmers through the diversification process.


The project included:


  • survey and analysis of over 60 farmsteads to provide data on the type, condition and potential uses of redundant farm buildings in the county
  • interviews with over 60 farm owners to provide qualitative information on their experiences of the planning process
  • research on successful residential conversions and business uses
  • workshops in partnership with LPAs on policies regarding re-use of redundant rural buildings for farm and rural business owners as part of the LDF consultation process
  • exchange of information with European partners.