PLB : Chester House Farm, Northampton- Creative design and consultancy for cultural and natural heritage

Chester House Farm, Feasibility Study and Business Case

Client: Northhamptonshire County Council
Location: Northhampton
Date: 2010 (ongoing)
with Mace and Tourism UK and (next stage) Donald Insalls Associates

The Brief:

This Scheduled Ancient Monument contains the only undeveloped site of a Roman civilian settlement in the county. Combined with evidence of earthworks and finds from the Iron Age through to a deserted Medieval village site, and listed buildings representing a history of farming and settlement from the Medieval period through to the 20th Century, Chester House Farm offers a unique learning opportunity.

The study aims to find a solution which will provide public access, balanced with an economically viable and long-term sustainable reuse of the buildings which will support the whole site’s maintenance and management.

Our Approach:

Having identified a preferred option through consultation and site assessment, the team is taking the project forward through further feasibility testing. Key elements of the ongoing work include a Conservation Management Plan, close liaison with English Heritage, County and District Councils and the Highways Agency, the development of an interpretive strategy and the review and updating of the business case.


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