Case Study – Marston Lane

Rolleston, Staffordshire


A traditional Grade II listed timber framed cottage which had received planning consent for a two storey timber framed extension to the rear.

Based upon our experience in this field we were asked by the Architects Bi Design of Repton to join the design team to develop the scheme at an early stage to ensure that the structure remained sympathetic and in character with the existing building. A further consideration was the way the new and old structures interconnected with one another.


  • Foundation design
  • Produce tender drawings and designs for the Oak timber frame and first floor structure
  • Support requirements for structural openings between the original and new buildings
  • To attend design team meetings with client and Architect
  • Liaise with specialist Oak Framers


  • Trial pits to establish depths of existing foundations and ground conditions
  • Review of old photographs from previous renovations to avoid unnecessary opening up of the existing structure
  • Measured and photographic survey of the break through points between the new and existing structures and the design of the supporting beams and padstones
  • Layout drawings of the timber frame with an indication of minimum section sizes to meet aesthetic requirements
  • Traditional timber to timber connection specification