King’s Lynn is the border town for many entering Norfolk, and it has a rich illustrious history with many listed buildings including the one Envision CAD were commissioned to oversee for Aston Shaw, one of Norfolk’s largest accountancy firms.
Aston Shaw needed new offices at 11 King Street. All needed planning drawings for the new paint scheme + signs and required listed planning consent as it’s a Grade 2 listed building, with a stringent Heritage Statement setting out conditions.
David worked closely with Aston Shaw to meet their requirements which had to align perfectly with the conservation restrictions, so liaison with Pamela Lynn, the Conservation Officer, was key. Internally, it was proposed to subdivide the existing Office 2 on the ground floor into two meeting rooms. Whilst this will result in the subdivision of a larger space within the original front room, this was considered acceptable due to the proposed divider wall being proposed as a lightweight glass partition with glass doors facilitating access into the newly formed spaces.
The proposed colour washing was in keeping with the existing character and appearance on King Street as well as in the wider Conservation area of King’s Lynn. The Globe Hotel at the northern end of King Street shows similar articulation of relief detail on the façade that was proposed on No.11 King Street and demonstrates how this can work successfully in this area. It was recommended that use Keim Mineral Paints for the painting of the façade as the existing substrate is unknown. It appears to be modern masonry paints. However, existing cracks in the façade can be prevented from reappearing by using the above paint system. The proposed hanging sign and advertising sign within the window frame were deemed appropriate and in keeping with the character of the listed building. The repainting of the front door enhanced the architectural character and appearance of the listed building as well as the Conservation Area.
The application was permitted in 2018 with this feedback from Pamela Lynn.
“Just a quick email to say what a brilliant refurb job on the front of No.11 !! I think the new colours and signage have really lifted the buildings appearance and some of my colleagues have also commented on how much better it looks. I hope you’re both as pleased as we are.”