Lyscombe Barns are a series of historic agricultural buildings, including a late mediaeval threshing barn and 19th century cattle stalls, which are located on the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lyscombe Nature Reserve. Recently acquired with funding from Natural England, the reserve consists of 335 acres of chalk downland, grassland, wild-flower meadow and ancient woodland, and holds a number of prestigious designations, including a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a 12th Century grade II* listed chapel.

We have recently been commissioned to design the renovation of the buildings for use as a private dwelling, including a library and creative studio space. The largest of the barns will be be restored as an events space to be used by our client, the Dorset Wildlife Trust, and the wider community. Three modern barns to the east will be demolished, and the hard-standing of the farmyard broken up, so that a wild-flower meadow can be sown down to the Little Piddle chalk stream that runs along the site.

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