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PAD studio

PAD studio

Lymington, UK

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PAD studio - Cafe Nero Extension

PAD studio

Cardinal House is a Grade II Listed building on Lymington High Street, leased by Café Nero, which has been the subject of numerous planning applications and appeals in the past.

PAD studio’s contemporary insertion provides a number of important functions in order to ensure the future use and preservation of the listed building. The development floods the interior of Café Nero with natural light, increasing the floor area and providing access to a sunny rear courtyard.

Photographs by

Nigel Rigden


The original building, view from the High Street

The original building, view from the High Street 



The extension of the cafe

The extension of the cafe 



The rear of the property, showing the access stairs to the flat above and the cafe extension below.

The rear of the property, showing the access stairs to the flat above and the cafe extension below.  



The private first floor roof terrace

The private first floor roof terrace  



The outdoor terrace for the cafe

The outdoor terrace for the cafe 



Cardinal House is a Grade II Listed building on Lymington High Street, leased by Café Nero, which has been the subject of numerous planning applications and appeals in the past. Many properties along the High Street have long thin garden plots, which are underused and difficult to access.

PAD studio’s contemporary insertion provides a number of important functions in order to ensure the future use and preservation of the listed building. The development floods the interior of Café Nero with natural light, increasing the floor area and providing access to a sunny rear courtyard.

Access to the property above is provided via a private roof terrace integrated into the extension. The upper floors were converted into a luxurious 3 bedroom property with views of Lymington’s rooftops and the Solent.

Word from the client

PAD quickly came up with a design that was both practical and sympathetic to the conversion and extension of our commercial listed building on the high street in Lymington. We liked it, the Council liked it & it sailed through planning at the first attempt. This followed 2 pervious designs by other architects that had failed to woo the planners despite 3 applications and 2 appeals over a 5 year period!
Pervious architects had failed to design a scheme that dealt with combining the complexities of the listed building in converting the upper floors to residential and a commercial extension to the ground floor. PADs design team came up with an ingenious way of combining the combined uses of residential & commercial so that the residential had really good living space with good access; an outdoor patio area & the ground floor commercial extension was a modern timber construction that complimented the listed building. PAD had studied the objections to the pervious applications & recognised the weaknesses that had to be addressed if a scheme was to stand any chance of success with both the conservation offices & the New Forest District Council. Their design addressed the pervious issues by being innovative & expressive in the choice of high quality sustainable materials including striking hardwood timber cladding that constructed material that had a really positive result. We have found PAD to be extremely helpful & professional & a friendly welcome always awaits you at their studio. This is always followed by a delicious cup of premium coffee as well as expert advice.