Before detailed planning consent was granted the planning
authority required a report on the structural condition of the building.
The conversion from barn to dwelling needed to be carried out sympathetically
to retain the character of the four hundred year old building.
This agricultural dwelling was started in 1972 but
never completed. The present owners wished to change the external
appearance to one more in keeping with the area. The work involved
negotiating with the planning authority and an assessment of the
condition of the existing structure and its foundations.
Clyne Farm Centre Work to the farm has been on-going
over the past twelve years. The initial work which included both
the architectural design and construction by direct labour received
a number of awards including a Prince of Wales' Award, Wales Tourist
Board Environmental Award, Lord Mayor of Swansea Design Award.
The latest work involves alterations
to existing buildings to form self catering cottages which have
first floor balconies to take advantage of the views. These are
constructed from green oak cut from the farm's woodland as part
of a woodland management project.
For more pictures and information see the Clyne
Old and new buildings can have structural problems
which require investigating to enable a solution to be proposed
for the building to continue to be used or be acceptable as security
for funding applications.
The South Wales area is a geologically complex area
and often problems relate to ground conditions affected by mining
or, in this case, ground movement which started during the last
Developing tourism and leisure attractions
in areas of high landscape value such as the Gower Peninsula or
the Grampian region of Scotland require an understanding of local
building, sustainable development and tourism movement.