Where possible, existing structures and fabric have been retained. A redundant granite barn was taken as the starting point for the studios, with the workshop replacing an adjacent derelict stables. The principles of the Passive House standard were followed, providing the workshop with exceptionally low embodied and operational carbon energy usage usage.
The completed buildings provide 300sqm of workspace, which is fully occupied. Tenants include a coffee roaster, bespoke rucksack maker, sign-writer and a yoga studio.
As the assembly of buildings at Argal is given new life, the landscape that supports them is also being restored to pasture and garden. Argal is now a rich and diverse place, humming with natural life and energy.