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The remains of a semi-ruined traditional stone barn standing
next to our cottage was one of the features that attracted us
to purchase our property in the Peak District National Park, although
when we first moved in, arranging a rebuild was not a priority.
However, once a storm caused the collapse of
the remaining roof section, we knew we needed to move swiftly
remains were classified as "derelict".
We were also aware that obtaining permission for the rebuild to take
place would require detailed plans and expert execution of the
for which we neither
had the expertise nor the time to spend researching.
We were fortunate to secure the services of Mr. Marshall. He was able to put
us in touch with an experienced architect, who drew up plans and negotiated with
the appropriate authorities. Instead of the year or so we expected the planning
process to take, we actually received permission for the rebuild to go ahead
in under six months.
Mr. Marshall moved his team in that summer, and in an incredibly short time the
site had been cleared and was ready for the rebuild to commence. Two of the walls
from the original structure were left standing and the new material was skilfully
tied in with the old. Despite having to comply with six pages of detailed requirements
from the Peak Park Planning Authority, the rebuild progressed smoothly throughout
As the year turned to autumn, the weather also deteriorated, but the work continued
through rain and snow until the whole of the main section of the barn was completed,
barely a year after the initial roof collapse the previous winter.
The next summer Mr. Marshall returned, as planned, to complete a small extension
section on the building and again the work was carried out on schedule and with
We now have a beautiful and useful workshop and garage, which we fully expect
to stand for as long as the cottage itself - which has been recorded as over
200 years old.