The Ropery, Hexham

Housing Design Award Winner

Housing Design Award Winner

The Ropery is a Grade II Listed Building located within the historic market town centre of Hexham. Originally a rope making workshop built circa 1800. The building, which consists of a number of sub-dividing sections, had stood derelict and in a state of disrepair for a number of years. Internally the Southern elevation was near severe collapse with several instances of temporary timber buttressing to provide support to the adjacent car park footpath.

We took the basic components of the Ropery and carefully deconstructed to return each to their original 1800 form accompanied by a modern, floating, intervening roof structure above. The principle behind developing and converting the Ropery, a building 100m in length but only 4m wide, while respecting and preserving as much as the original structure and unique building typology presented a considerable challenge. We worked with the original form and integrated a versatile structure to create five residential and one retail unit.