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The Old Pump House, Akenham, Ipswich

Acquired 2019
Strategy value creation through planning & design
Status Sold
This former Anglian Water pumping station was built in 1913 in the hamlet of Akenham, Suffolk, and decommissioned in the 1990s.

Chris Dyson Architects, on the basis of their reputation for sensitive conversions of historic buildings, were instructed to develop a scheme that would transform the neglected building into a unique four-bedroom home. The intention was to celebrate and enhance the historical and industrial character of the building, by revealing and reinstating the many architectural details and traces of the past in a contemporary modern home.

The site would be accessed via a newly-created swooping driveway, behind which the house would gradually appear. Accommodation extends to approximately 4000sq ft, configured across three storeys. Other features include an orangery, with first floor terrace and glazed clerestory, which bathes the plan in natural light.

Dyson’s scheme celebrates the materials, industrial aesthetic and existing proportions of this grand building, and interweaves materials such as timber soffits and polished concrete floors to create a contemporary dialogue between finishes and textures.

The site was sold to a self-builder.