After an historic planning permission in 2006 lapsed, Rushbrooke were asked to resurrect a decision to transform two dilapidated listed buildings in the centre of the Stokes Croft Conservation Area. Years of squatter possession and building neglect had left 35 & 37 Stokes Croft in a near irreversible state. Our Clients has tasked us to re-work an historic consent that not only made the scheme viable but dealt with all the changes to policy that had influence planning in the last 7 years. The proposal sought to gain a change of use of the ground floor of the listed buildings to a restaurant, converting the two upper floors into 4 apartments and utilising the rear outbuilding to develop 3 mew houses. Key policy changes in space standards and sustainability meant some clever design work was needed to achieve satisfactory accommodation uses within the listed building. Blending old architectural restoration with a modern mews facade worked well and it all centred on a materials palette of render, red brick and cedar wood cladding to establish a strong sense of character.