Projects

Extension & Alterations to Private House, Cartmel

This traditional period property was in need of upgrading and refurbishment to realise its full potential and create a beautiful family home. Works included removing an unsympathetic extension and dated decoration, plus opening up some modest internal rooms to reduce corridor space, optimising on east and…

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Extension to Grade 2 Listed Property, North Cumbria

The owners of this Grade 2 listed property and small working farm in the north of the Lake District were seeking to extend and alter an existing modern kitchen extension in order to update and improve the living accommodation. The historic layout of the heritage asset…

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Extension & Alterations to Private House, Kendal

The original property is a high quality three storey terrace within the Kendal Conservation Area on the outskirts of the town centre. The project brief was to knock down the existing converted outbuilding to the rear which was noticeably colder than the rest of the…

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Alterations to Private House, South Cumbria

A large early 20th century villa house on a superbly elevated site overlooking the northern end of Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. Our client’s desire was to convert the extensive attic rooms to create a large living space that maximised the panoramic views. The…

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Extension, Arnside

A contemporary, light, sophisticated and spacious rear extension to a semi-detached family home. The brief was to extent the living space to the rear of the property to create a family room with kitchen and dining area. The large bi-fold doors lead on to a…

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New House in the Garden, South Cumbria

The new house was built in a garden area separated from the original dwelling. It was designed to give the impression of a single storey dwelling, however the roof space was used within the design to give additional bedroom space and a double height living…

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Extension and Alteration to Farmhouse, South Lakes

The project consisted of substantial extensions and alterations to a traditional Lakeland farmhouse to make a large comfortable 4 bedroom family home with guest suite, studio, home office, garaging and staff accommodation. The project included detail design of all the internal finishes and fittings and…

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Feasibility Proposals, New House

A feasibility study and concept design for a replacement house in Cumbria. The brief was to create a large six bedroom dwelling to the most of the magnificent views of the surrounding landscape and the Cumbrian lakes and fells. The design would see local vernacular…

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Ingilnook, Grange over Sands

The existing property was a two bedroomed bungalow set on a sloping site with a lower ground floor garage. Our client was concerned that the existing property had no presence and was an unattractive building, however its relation to the town centre and its elevation…

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The Warren, Manesty Park

Having been in the family for a long time, the Warren in Manesty Park on the shores of Derwent Water, was in need of a considerable makeover to bring its facilities up to date and improve the quality of the internal spaces. Along with a…

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Angel Barn, Low Stennerskeugh

The grade 2 listed farmhouse and attached barn were bought by our client to convert into a bed and breakfast. At Angel Barn, JCA assisted the client in obtaining Listed Building Consent approval and planning permission, by designing a sensitive conversion that respected the character and…

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Ladysyke Barn, Haverthwaite

Ladysyke House and Barn are set in an idyllic location on the banks of the Leven Estuary. The existing attached barn was redundant for farming purposes, therefore our client wished to extend the house into the barn. The brief was to provide living and bedroom…

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104 Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness

104 Abbey Road, a grade 2 listed building owned by Barrow Borough Council, was one of several buildings within Barrow town centre designated as eligible to receive grant through the Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme (THI) towards urgent and extensive fabric repairs. JCA were commissioned through…

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The Grandstand, Cartmel

The commission to design a new grandstand in Cartmel was awarded after winning an architectural competition. The client, Cartmel Steeplechases (Holker) Ltd, were keen to see the existing outdated structure replaced with a new building. The Grandstand provides vastly improved facilities for race goers, owners,…

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Hare & Hounds, Levens

The Hare & Hounds Pub had stood vacant for some time before it was taken over by the current owners who wanted to breathe new life into the building and create an attractive and welcoming establishment in the centre of the village. The building was…

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University of Cumbria – Teaching Hub

The University of Cumbria came to JCA to realise their aspiration for creating a new teaching hub at their Lancaster Campus just outside the city centre. The brief was to design a state of the art facility that was to contain teaching rooms, a lecture theatre,…

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l’enclume, Cartmel

L’enclume is a Michelin star restaurant and home of the chef proprietor Simon Rogan. It has been voted one of the five best destination restaurants with rooms in Europe. L’Enclume used to be the Anvil Gallery, a small antique shop in Cartmel. The client undertook…

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Unsworth’s Yard, Cartmel

Unsworth’s Yard was a redundant garage and workshop building with service yard located in the centre of Cartmel village. The existing workshop building was converted into an affordable house for local residents and the service yard has been developed as four commercial properties with No….

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Windermere Marina Village, Cumbria

Windermere Marina Village is the Lake District’s premier inland marina and holiday resort, providing sheltered and safe location for clients to keep their boats all year round with a multitude of excellent facilities on site. There are many self catering cottages and luxury apartments on…

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Student Accommodation, Lancaster

Located on China Street in the busy city centre of Lancaster, the former YMCA building had fallen into considerable disrepair prior to being purchased by a developer wishing to convert it into student accommodation. Dry rot was rife throughout the building and new interventions and…

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St Cuthbert’s, Kentmere

There may well have been a church on the site in Norman or even Saxon times (the yew on the south side is thought to be around 1000 years old) but the current building was probably re-roofed in the mid 16th Century, with the flat…

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Holy Trinity and St George, Kendal

An overall inspection of the building had revealed that limestone façade of the church building was in need of repair and consolidation to conserve its decorative features. Tiny fissures, inherent in the stones themselves, had been exploited by atmospheric weathering and had started to cause…

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Little Pickthall, Broughton Mills

A remote Lakeland farmhouse, high on the fellside was in need of significant modernisation and repair before it could be occupied by its new owners. Retaining the character and charm of the cottage was essential to the design brief so intervention was kept to an…

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The Orchard, Silverdale

A new house in the garden of an older property set in the lovely north Lancashire village of Silverdale. The brief was for a relatively small, compact family home with open plan, light, airy rooms and a functional arrangement of spaces. The building is constructed…

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Bowes Lodge, South Cumbria

Originally a collection of workers’ cottages serving a nearby farm, Bowes Lodge became a farmstead in its own right with an attached barn and detached stables. The property had fallen into disrepair and desperately needed refurbishment when our clients purchased it with a view to…

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Croft House Farm Cafe

Croft House Farm is a Grade II listed building in the centre of Buttermere.  The cafe has been operating for a number of years and in 2011 was substantially refurbished. This second phase of development included an extension to the original building on the south west…

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Bespoke Dwelling, Lake District National Park

The brief was to design a large replacement house for our client. The new house was to reflect the scale and form of the vernacular barns in the surrounding area with a modern twist. At the very heart of the concept of the proposal is…

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Holy Trinity, Brathay

The church had recently repurchased the adjacent Sunday school building that for a long time had been used as joiner’s shop, with the aim to convert it into a church hall that would serve the congregation and local community as a flexible space for events….

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St Thomas, Kendal

This much loved and much used Church building was in desperate need of an internal face lift to refresh its then dated 1960’s, non-original interiors. Our brief was to create a versatile and open space that would be used for services, concerts and conferences. All…

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All Saints, Burton in Lonsdale

Consecrated in 1870, the church was designed by Austin and Paley of Lancaster and is surprisingly large for a village church; the shingled spire atop its stone tower stands some 45m above ground level and is very prominent in the landscape. The Gothic Revival church…

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Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House / Abbot Hall

JCA have worked closely with the building owners, Lakeland Arts since 2009 and have completed several inspections of condition that have resulted in a number of small projects to repair and maintain the historic fabric. Both Blackwell and Abbot Hall are grade 1 listed buildings…

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Stricklandgate House, Kendal

Located in the centre of Kendal, the building is home to 23 charitable organisations and is managed by the Stricklandgate House Trust. The Trust had already secured in-principle funding from HLF for repairs to the fabric of the grade 2 listed building but had a…

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104 Abbey Road, Barrow in Furness

104 Abbey Road, a grade 2 listed building owned by Barrow Borough Council, was one of several buildings within Barrow town centre designated as eligible to receive grant through the Townscape Heritage Initiative scheme (THI) towards urgent and extensive fabric repairs. JCA were commissioned through…

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BAE Systems HQ, Barrow in Furness

Formerly part of the Vickers Shipyard, many of the buildings on the site are listed buildings, constructed of relatively soft red stones. Historic previous repairs in inappropriate cements had resulted in considerable decay to the soft sandstone and repairs were essential to conserve the detail…

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Frith Hall, Scheduled Ancient Monument – Ruin Consolidation

A Scheduled Ancient Monument, perhaps dating from the 12th century, Frith Hall is first documented in 1545 as a grange to the Priory at Cartmel. In 2011, JCA was appointed by the Holker Estates Company Ltd to carry out a detailed recording and condition survey…

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Abbey Manor, Barrow in Furness

The grade 2 listed building is constructed of local red sandstone and our client’s wish was to extend the property to improve the amount of internal accommodation. The site lies within the curtilage of the Furness Abbey scheduled ancient monument and so close collaboration with…

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The Old Fire Station at Windermere Jetty, for Lakeland Arts

The Old Fire Station is located within the site of the Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam & Stories which is also within the UNESCO Lake District World Heritage Site. The Old Fire Station is an historic building built in the 1880’s that was relocated…

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Langrigge, Bowness on Windermere

The brief for the project was to totally rethink the 1960’s bungalow and reimagine it as a modern, contemporary open plan living space.  The emphasis was to be on open plan spaces with maximum daylighting that would also give spectacular views over the surrounding Lakeland…

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Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

In January 2019, practice director Mike Darwell was appointed Cathedral Architect to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.  The role is wide ranging and involves all aspects of the Cathedral building and wider precinct including both planned and reactive maintenance, fabric repairs and new works.  Mike is a…

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Nenthead Chapel (Arts & Visitor Centre)

The Chapel dates from 1873 but a chapel has been at the centre of village life since Nenthead, as a model village, was founded by the London Lead Mine company in 1753.  The outcome of the restoration project has reinvigorated this community centric facility and…

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Far Park, Staveley

The farm had long since ceased any agricultural use and the barn had fallen into disrepair. Significant structural repairs were needed including a new roof and the rebuilding of the some of the external masonry walls. The building was to be converted to create a…

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Garden Pavilion

This property in the central Lake District was in need of renovation and updating. Inside the 17th century former farmhouse it was cold and draughty with dated interior décor and small, cramped rooms. The outside spaces were underused despite having fantastic views across the central…

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Historic Property Refurbishment

This grade 2 listed building had been converted into two separate apartments and much of the historic interior had been lost. Our client wanted to reinstate the property as a single dwelling house and reinstate as much of the interior layout as possible. JCA’s knowledge…

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Barn Conversion, South Cumbria

This grade 2 listed small barn has been sensitively converted and extended to create a compact yet functional living space that connects the interior spaces to the surrounding landscape in the heart of a busy Cumbrian village. The historic structure has been entirely retained and…

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