The Hyde – Osprey
The Hyde comprised an old dairy farm, its adjacent farmhouse and associated barns near the cathedral city of St Albans.
Brooks Murray were asked to design a scheme to restore a series of derelict farm buildings and bring them into contemporary use.
The client, Osprey London, make high-end leather bags. They sought a hand-crafted solution to reflect the calibre of their own products. The The interior and exterior design accordingly focussed on high quality natural materials and traditional building techniques.
Since the original buildings were built predominantly from clunch, restoring and protecting the walls was necessary to preserve the heritage environment over the long term.
As part of this restoration, the team also converted the award-winning Dutch Barn.