Lewes, East Sussex
Project: Conversion of existing farm house into communal accommodation for staff and guests attending “Jamie’s Farm” at Allington Farm, Lewes, East Sussex.
Internal photographs courtesy of Anna Yanovski and Tom Scott.
Construction Time: 37 weeks
Completion Date: February 2019
Total Gross Internal Area: 1000sqm
Contract Value: £380,000
Client: Jamie’s Farm
Main Contractor: MB Cable
BBM oversaw the design and construction required to bring a vacant farm back into use as a working farm with the facilities to host the young people who attend the residential therapeutic programme run by charity Jamie’s Farm.
Jamie’s Farm is a charity that combines farming, family, and therapy for disadvantaged young people, working to reduce school exclusions and improve children’s self-esteem, relationships, and behaviour. Young people come to Jamie’s Farms for a 5-day residential farming experience, and leave with a framework of support designed to help them thrive on their return to school and back at home. The Lewes farm is their fourth site, and features stunning views of the South Downs.
The existing site included a number of agricultural buildings, a grade II listed farmhouse, and some commercial spaces. Using a light-touch approach, BBM proposed converting the commercial space into residences for Jamie’s Farm staff, while the main farmhouse was refurbished internally to become the overnight spaces for the visiting school children and staff.
The refurbished farmhouse features communal living, kitchen and dining spaces on the ground floor. Bedrooms for the children and school staff, and bathrooms, occupy the first floor and loft spaces. Alterations to the farmhouse included thermal upgrades. Residences for on-site staff in what used to be commercial offices include a kitchenette and WC on the ground floor and a mezzanine sleeping space at first floor.
The grand opening of Jamie’s Farm Lewes was graced by special guest HRH the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as charity founder Jamie Feilden and charity Chair of Trustee Peter Clegg.