Chillesford Model Farm

Conversion of model farm to new homes.


Apart from the listed buildings, the site is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to a number of protected wildlife sites and within an area at risk of tidal flooding.

The model farm dates from the mid-1870s and was built just as the boom time for British agriculture was coming to an end. It is however largely of one build period and designed by Frederick Barnes of Ipswich (1813-1898) for Richard Wallace. Over the years the buildings ceased to be essential for the operation of the farm and despite significant investment were falling into disrepair.

The proposals were underpinned by a detailed Historic Building Assessment which was influential in securing the support of the Council's Conservation Officer and the Suffolk Preservation Trust. Beacon worked closely with architects Feilden and Mawson, to devise a scheme for the sensitive conversion of thehistoric buildings and produced the Heritage, Planning and Design & Access Statements.

The scheme will ensure the model farm buildings are brought back into use with their long term survival assured with minimal external alterations


Planning and listed building consent was approved unanimously by Suffolk Coastal District Council's Planning Committee in September 2011. Funding has been secured to allow the first phase of the works to begin in 2014 and we were appointed to oversee the discharge of the planning conditions.

Services providedApplication  
BP teamAndy Thompson   Jon Burgess  
ArchitectFeilden and Mawson
* Images courtesy of ©Feilden and Mawson
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