Corsham Almshouses

CMS Architects recently completed a significant project at the Grade I listed Corsham Almshouses, built under the instruction of Lady Margaret Hungerford in 1668.

These beautiful 17th Century buildings had suffered from the deterioration of  timber lintels and beam ends due to the ingress of damp over the years. If not addressed this could have led to serious structural failure.

By carrying out careful and considered conservation-led repair work the building has been future proofed, preserving it for years to come and sustaining its current use of providing accommodation for eleven beneficiaries.

At the outset, we procured the required external consultants and organised Structural and Condition Survey of the timbers to identify the problems. We designed and coordinated the works that would be necessary, and prepared and submitted the listed building applications as required, successfully achieving listed building consent.

The existing affected hollowed-out window lintels were replaced with new seasoned oak. The beam ends had a splice repair and were pinned and resin anchored to the sound timber. A specialist team were then involved in repairs to the lathes and plaster and cornicing. Looking at the completed photos, we challenge you to spot where the works were done; the essence of historic renovation is returning a building to a known earlier state with minimal evidence of modern intervention.

Liaising with the Conservation Officer throughout, this successful project has helped to preserve a stunning building for future generations to enjoy.

The project was recently shortlisted for the Heritage Project award at the UK RICS regional awards in 2024. Wish us luck!

Architects: CMS Architects
Contract Administrator: CMS Project Managers & Surveyors
Structural Engineer: E&M West
Principal Contractor: Emery


RICS South West Awards - Heritage Project