The Old Pharmacy
Sensitive refurbishment of a Grade II listed property in Bruton, Somerset. The scheme retains the building’s character while offering a long-term vision for the sustainable re-use of a significant heritage site at the heart of this village community.
Having operated as a pharmacy for almost 200 years, the renovated and restored building now houses a locally-owned bistro and grocery and a spacious new family home.
The architects worked closely with the owners to understand how the property could be comfortably lived in while also generating income. The result is a phased project that supports their relocation to Bruton and the establishment of a new business, as well as allowing for the creation of an additional workspace in the future.
The Old Pharmacy’s history dates back to the 16th Century, with some remains of structures from that period still on the site. The front facade was rebuilt in the 18th century with stone reclaimed from Bruton Abbey.
Emil Eve’s masterplan rationalises the cluster of buildings that stretch from the high street back to a secluded garden to create a coherent floorplan.
Careful restoration works were carried out to the facade and a new compact loft stair has been designed to access the historic servants’ quarters on the second floor. Period features have been uncovered and preserved, including the original roof structure in a new double height space.
A contemporary extension, clad in burnt timber boarding to complement the Tudor timber frame, is orientated around the courtyard. Its living and sleeping spaces face inwards to take advantage of the privacy and quiet, and the courtyard becomes a room in itself.