The last article we wrote before lockdown in March 2020 was about the renovation of the Fallen Knight in Ashby de la Zouch. A lot has happened since then, so it’s time for an update.
Having previously been a well-known pub and hotel in the town, plans for the future of the Fallen Knight were begun way back in February 2018, with the submission of a planning application to convert the existing building into an array of townhouses and apartments.
Alongside Lychgate Homes, we were interested in preserving almost all the existing structures, as the Fallen Knight was a listed building. The utilisation of the existing fabric was always preferable to clearing the site and starting again.
With the construction works starting in earnest in early 2020, the Fallen Knight (or Knight’s Mews, as it is now known) has undergone a complete transformation. From its dilapidated and unloved state, it is now an impressive and well-finished development of new residential accommodation within throwing distance of the busy town centre.
The development includes four townhouses, three of which take the original Kilwardby Street addresses the buildings first had when constructed. There are also seven apartments over three floors. The development includes private parking and private and communal outdoor spaces for the prospective owners.
Such was the interest in this one-off project, Lychgate sold some of the plots before the development was fully completed.
The renovated building is now an example of what can be achieved with older buildings that are seemingly fit only for demolition. The redevelopment of this site shows how successful renovation and conversion can be when you combine sympathy for the historic building with a modern approach to today’s residential needs.