Weston Equestrian Centre

Large redundant farm buildings can be a challenge in terms of finding a profitable ongoing use. These tall steel framed sheds for hay bales are such buildings: too large to be converted into a single dwelling and their shallow roof pitch not lending itself to a traditional residential forms.

This proposal creates a series of ‘equestrian holiday units’ with adjoining smaller redundant buildings providing stables for visitors’ horses. The site is located next to an established equestrian centre as well as being in an area where there are a number of equestrian event venues.

The scheme maintains the distinctive form of the buildings and adds to them, creating within them a number of holiday units. Natural light is achieved through skylights within the existing pitches. The design allows for the opening up of two adjoining units to create a larger unit for families holidaying together. The existing large roof area is broken up with skylights illuminating the upper floor and terraces or balconies are cut into the roof line, giving units their own individual outdoor spaces.

Property Name

Weston Equestrian Centre


Weston Longville, Norfolk

Planning District

Broadland District Council




Concept designs completed



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