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This document is an adaptation scheme proposal and feasibility study report for Manor House. Changing the use of a building, as with any such venture there is an element of risk. The degree of risk will depend on a number of variables relevant to the prop

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Change of use feasibility study 1. Introduction This document is an adaptation scheme proposal and feasibility study report for Manor House, located at the following address: Manor House, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb Place, Brighton, BN2 4GA 1.1 Description of Property Moulsecoomb Place was Grade ll listed in August 1971 and comprises the following; Manor House (pictured above), two "Tithe" Barns, gardens totaling 4.5 acres including the former nursery gardens and the cottage behind Moulsecoomb Place (Natural England, 2010). The gardens are currently in the form of a fenced park and are available for public use. 1.1.1 Type and age Exterior Manor House is a two-storey detached house with yellow brick Georgian fa�ade (principle east front) set in flemish bond. To the 1790 main building; the north front is brown brick with dressings of gauged yellow brick, a seven window range to east front with pedimented centre (and single bow) of three window range. The ground-floor windows are cambered-arched except the outer ones which have a palladian window under a round arch in the Adam manner. The first-floor windows are all flat-arched, the glazing probably of c1900 and consists of casement with margin-lights, stone cornice with mutules, pediment whose shape is echoed in the raised brickwork of the tympanum and parapet. A hipped roof consisting of natural slate, with rebuilt chimney end stacks and a further stack on the front slope of the hip. The 1913 south-wing is similarly detailed on east front, with a single-storey, two-window bay with cornice and parapet. The left-hand return has two round-arched openings to the ground floor with heads of gauged yellow brick, the right-hand one now an entrance. The right-hand return has a two-storey segmental bay with three windows to each floor, storey band and cornice continued from east front with parapet. Approximately 40m of flint wall with brick dressings runs from the south-west corner of the south-wing southwards. ...read more.


It is pointed out by Douglas (2006) due to the category of the listing of Manor House: Grade ll - buildings of special interest; and archaeological importance of Moulsecoomb site only high grade of conversion is justifiable, and defendable, and likely to succeed and generate funding. This is echoed by the university in the following statement taken from the Estate and Facilities Management webpage: 'The acquisition and refurbishment of the Manor House and Tithe Barns gave the university an opportunity to not only improve its estate, but also enabled it to give something back to the local community by way of preserving an impressive listed building'. 3.2.2. Constructional Issues As the building is older and of historic value, there are many implications that will not be present in new construction. These implications (such as difficulty in matching existing components and materials, risk of finding hidden defects and uncertainty as to the actual construction) should be taken on board and a contingency in both time and cost allowed if these problems present themselves. A full and detailed recording of the building should be prepared prior to it being subjected to any adaptation work, including full detailed drawings, photographic and documentary records. This will not only help to aid resolution of any hidden defects, it will also help to further the historical record and understanding of the building. Minimum intervention must be employed so that the scale or form of the adaption will not be such that it destroys or adversely affects the character of the building. Therefore a degree of sensitivity needs to be adopted when converting Manor House. For example internal insulation would be considered as inappropriate as the alteration may compromise the building's internal architectural merit for example the dado rails and oak paneling. It is vital minimal loss of fabric in terms of the cultural value of heritage features are changed or lost as a result of the proposed adaptation. ...read more.


Low Pressure Water Mist Low pressure water mist systems LPWM consist of pumps and storage tanks, they generally use more water than HPWM systems although significantly less than traditional sprinkler systems. Due to the lower pressures involved the pipe work installation can be carried out using a variety of different materials such as copper pipe and even specialist plastic pipe work. (http://www.fire-suppression-systems.co.uk/Content-4-Fire_Suppression.html) If a high pressure water mist (LPWM) system similar fire suppression system was adopted to provide the equivalent code compliance then no fire suppression changes to the fabric need be made. If this is combined with a zoned will allow both the persons and the building to be protected whilst causing little damage to by the installation. Usage of a high pressure system woul limit the amount of water potentially sprayed into the building, limiting possible damage of building features. However, provisions for the compressed cylinders would have to housed within a plant room. Installation of interior secondary glazing to reduce background noise from Lewes Road (A270) and improve thermal efficiency. From Brighton and Hove City Council (2010, pg. 7) the required amenities for 13 non-self contained units (in a house of multiple occupation) is three bathrooms and three separate WCs with wash hand basins, however two of the WCs can be contained within two of the bathrooms. From Brighton and Hove City Council (2010, pg. 9) each room in each unit of living accommodation requires adequate means of space heating, with suitable controls, capable of reaching and maintaining 21�C when the external temperature is 5�C. Also from Brighton and Hove City Council (2010, pg. 9) the minimum size of lounge for a shared house with 13 occupants is 19m� and the minimum size of kitchen is 15m�. Furthermore in shared houses the minimum size of single bedroom is 6.5m� and the minimum size of double room is 10.2m�. The recommended number of bathrooms for 13 occupants is three bathrooms and three separate WCs with wash hand basins, however two of the WCs can be contained within two of the bathrooms (Brighton and Hove City Council, 2005). ...read more.

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