Case Study – Sycamore Farm

Hazelwood, Derbyshire


Sycamore farm comprises a range of buildings situated around a courtyard. They include a two storey farmhouse, interconnected barns, outbuildings and stables plus a detached store.

They are built primarily from local grit stone and occupy an elevated gently sloping site.

As part of a Planning Application for the conversion of the agricultural buildings to habitable accommodation we were asked to carry out a condition survey of the buildings to determine their suitability without extensive demolition and re-building.


  • Condition survey on the Farm house and associated barns
  • Prepare a report upon their current structural condition
  • Recommend and detail remedial repairs
  • Comment generally on their suitability or otherwise in terms of structure, for their use as habitable accommodation, based upon the Architects proposal


  • Visual inspection of the buildings
  • Photographic survey
  • Exposure of foundations to determine form and depths
  • Recommendations relating to underpinning due to changes in proposed floor levels and the proposed construction of an indoor pool
  • Produce a structural report suitable for submission to the planning department which supported the conversion scheme