The Herbarium is an exciting plant-based café and yoga studio in Lancaster city centre’s historic conservation area.

The project saw a dilapidated heritage building in Great John Street, previously occupied by an outdoor apparel and fishing tackle business, refurbished to create a multi-use space aimed at all audiences.

Harrison Pitt Architects worked with local entrepreneurs Natalie Temple and Lucie Carrington on the project, helping secure the necessary listed-buiding consents and planning permission for a change of use. The Harrison Pitt team also advised and assited with the construction alterations to the building.

These alterations included the removal of internal stud walls, creating an increase in usable space within the building. Two original fireplaces were revealed during construction and these were opened back up and restored to create new features. Other original features, including a door and window, were also reinstated as part of the project.

Planning consent for the project was difficult to secure due to the multiple building uses required by such a niche lifestyle business, but Harrison Pitt’s planning expertise allowed any obstacles to be overcome.

The Herbarium’s upper floors are also being refurbished to provide accommodation to support wellness retreats and enable affordable holiday accommodation.

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