New Offices for Catchfrench Design.
M Snell & Frame 2000 (Glamorgan)
Catchfrench Design Offices
The Architectural Practice, Catchfrench Design (formerly Wilks & Vaughan Ellis) had previously been
located at no. 6 West Street, Liskeard, Cornwall for many years, but relocated to Catchfrench Manor in 1989,
following the acquisition of the property by the then Principal, J R Wilks. The new premises were built in the
corner of the adjacent woodland when the manor was sold.
The concept that was developed was intended to wholly reflect the approach that the Farmer might have to
putting up a simple building related to the agricultural business.
A Farmer’s approach to the buildings is that he not only provides them simply but generally very economically
which is reflected both in the shape and style of the building and in the selection of external materials.
Ignoring the many permitted agricultural developments which have taken place, and which do not enhance their
landscape setting, the better ones would comprise a pitched slate covered roof, some degree of glazing and treated
sawn timber external wall cladding. The shape would be rectangular and not very wide, in order to achieve an
economically spanning roof structure, and the only likely appendage to the building would be a sort of small
lean-to roof that is evident on loading bays of barns in the area.
Publications and Awards
Catchfrench Design's new premises won many awards, and featured
in the RIBA Architecture Review South West 2003 magazine. A copy can be seen here.
Completed in 2001.