The Gooderham family bought Snape Maltings in the early 1960s, when malting came to an end. As well as leasing the largest kiln to Benjamin Britten for the Aldeburgh Festival, they also built up a thriving retail business. Haworth Tompkins was commissioned in 2004 to complete the rescue of Snape Maltings by redeveloping the derelict buildings that still filled two thirds of the site.
“The seamless seguing of new and old at Snape, the narrative of site, material, use and texture, lifts the architecture to another level. It respects that immense canopy of sky, its roofs soaking in the colours of the brick and the sky and melting into the marshes.”
Edwin Heathcote Financial Times
The brief was for a mixture of retail space, a museum / arts centre, and 65 residential units. The project as a whole involved more than twenty buildings, ranging from huge malting floors to barley stores, historic kilns and the abandoned forge. Some buildings required complete restructuring behind retained facades, while others had internal structures which could be delicately conserved. Meanwhile, the flood risk from the nearby River Alde meant that all residential space had to be raised up to first floor level.
Above all, though, the challenge was to preserve the delicate balance between the decaying industrial architecture and the landscape around it. Alterations to the exteriors of the buildings were therefore kept to a minimum and external materials carefully conserved or matched. Our aim was for redevelopment to disturb as little as possible of Snape's unique character and ecology.
Snape Maltings: Residential Phase
Address: Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Completion Date: June 2009
Construction Cost: £6.5M
Architect Pre-Contract: Haworth Tompkins
Client: George Gooderham (Investments) Ltd
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Environmental Engineer: TGA Ltd
CDM Coordinator: PFB Construction Management Services
Civic Trust Award
RICS National Conservation Award (Shortlist)
RICS East of England Conservation Award