Oliver Buildings Redevelopment


LHC have designed a mixed-use residential and commercial scheme which centres on the restoration and re-use of listed Victorian factory buildings on Barnstaple riverside, with contemporary additions designed by the LHC’s architectural and landscape teams which respond to the industrial character and history of the site.


Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design & Masterplanning


Commercial, Mixed Use



The original structure was built for Barnstaple furniture manufacturers Shapland & Petter in 1888. It features an unusual style of architectural brickwork which emerged in the 1860s, wherein bricks of different colours, typically brown, cream and red, were used in patterned combination to highlight architectural features.

LHC’s modern¬†interventions have been designed in response to the original design and history of the factory, with contemporary polychromatic brickwork, mesh clad external stair towers and glazed linking bridges which complement the retained and refurbished listed buildings.

A new contemporary landscape design will link together the wider regeneration area of Anchorwood Bank and Barnstaple town centre with a major new river facing public space. The public space will include hard and soft landscape elements with opportunities for pedestrians to move freely, connect with the Tarka cycle path or spend time using ground floor commercial uses and kiosks.


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