We were invited to assist an enthusiastic local developer who takes pride in developing unique buildings of historical character. The Victorian water tower in Ormskirk, built in 1860, was built to provide water to the local workhouse and then Ormskirk Hospital. The iconic local landmark had fallen into disuse by the mid-1980's, and our client acquired the building and sought to breathe a new lease of life into this fantastic structure.
The tower is to be divided into two dwellings, with the upper home to be accessed via a staircase and lift tower extension. The design of the extension is intentionally industrial, inspired by the form and history of the water tower. The simple form and material palette of the extension does not detract from the character of the main tower, and secures the long term future of a significant landmark building.
location : ormskirk
status : complete
notes : local historical landmark
awards : Shortlisted - Conversion + Large Residential Categories - West Lancashire Design Awards 2019.