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February 15, 2016
Blacksmith’s receives makeover whilst still retaining classic features
The value of restoring a building and preserving its traditional features extends beyond mere architectural conservation; it embodies a commitment to honoring history, cultural identity, and architectural heritage. Retaining the original elements of a structure, such as ornate facades, intricate moldings, or historical materials, not only showcases craftsmanship of a bygone era but also fosters a sense of continuity and connection to the past. Restoration promotes sustainable practices by reducing the environmental impact associated with demolishing and replacing structures. Additionally, it contributes to the unique character and charm of a community, creating a sense of place that attracts residents and visitors alike. The preservation of traditional features in a building serves as a tangible link between generations, fostering an appreciation for the craftsmanship and design sensibilities that define a particular period in history. Ultimately, the value lies in maintaining a balance between preserving the past and creating spaces that are relevant and functional for the present and future.
It may not be immediately obvious on a first visit to Adelphi’s premises, but the Adelphi Group of Companies in fact occupies a rather large site, which includes an old Blacksmith’s built prior to Adelphi moving the business to the current site in Haywards Heath. Work began last year to restore the building and convert into a highly attractive office, and in January this work was finally completed, with new tenants moving in shortly after. Extra care was taken to retain the original features of this building, including the style of the windows, addition of the lamp posts, as well as a copper wall mounted lantern to mimic the original.
Blacksmith’s Restoration: Here you can see the original building photographed in 1921 along with the current restored building today.