Water Tower

The Main Character

Our client for this project was a professional couple looking to move away from their existing property into a building with character. They noticed the Water Tower and decided that this would make an ideal home for their young family.

The Setting

A residential project located on the outskirts of the village of Earls Barton, the Water Tower had been disused for several years and had previously been granted planning approval. A previous owner had begun works to the main structure of the tower and created an extension up to DPC level. It was at this point that our client purchased the site.

The Challenge

The client came to us with a set of plans produced by a family friend and wanted us to carry out a review of the proposals. The existing planning approval was based on following the curvature of the tower and this had led to internal spaces that didn’t lend themselves to living and features, such as Jack and Jill bathrooms to the master and second bedrooms. Whilst adding character, this didn’t fit with the client’s requirements.

The Return

Scroxton & Partners were initially appointed to undertake a feasibility assessment of the tower and, due to the ideas and space that was carved out of the existing building, the client appointed us to prepare a planning application for the new design. This included creating en-suites in each bedroom and bringing much needed storage into the plan. Interventions between the structural fins of the tower were proposed to provide additional habitable space as ground and first floor.


Following discussions with the planning department, permission was granted and the work of translating the design into reality began. Since work had already been carried out on the tower by the previous owner, we had to deal with the existing work carried out but not approved by Building Control.

Technical drawings were produced with the involvement of a local structural engineer and, through detailed discussions with Building Control, we were able to combine both new and existing works and gain approval. Alongside preparing the technical information, applications were made to discharge the planning conditions, which formed part of the new and original approvals.

The Final Twist

A contractor previously known to the client was appointed to carry out the work and we were retained to offer design advice and provide Professional Consultant Certificates, enabling the client to draw down stage mortgage payments. We assisted the client throughout the process and they are now in possession of the character filled home they were originally looking for. In addition to the assistance we gave our client, the contractor was so impressed with the quality of the technical drawings produced by Scroxton & Partners they have since become a repeat developer client.


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