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North Lodge

North Lodge came into being as the gatehouse to the well known local residence, Matchams House on the outskirts of Ringwood and Christchurch. Due to its location towards the junction of Hurn Road and Matchams Lane, the property has always enjoyed a landmark position on the approach back into Ringwood and as such is recognised as a key building in heritage terms by local residents.

The lodge, of Victorian heritage but extended in the 20th century was, however, in need of some tender care and new owners sought to address the issues caused by the more recent additions. Flat roofed, low sitting wings detracted from the character of the original, whilst first floor additions in the roof similarly detract from the Victorian feel and arrangement.

Proposals looked to increase internal heights on both the GF and 1F extensions, along with 're-imagining' the roofscape(s) to create a new pitched roof composition leading up to the original corner feature gables.

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