In this country we have a long and honourable tradition of adapting and enlarging buildings, from cottages to castles, to suit our new and changing needs. Indeed, much of our tourist industry depends on it.
Honourable in its own right, and certainly more economical, it saves all the hidden cost of finding and moving to new premises, or of starting afresh on the proverbial green field site.
Working with an existing building presents a special challenge. It needs sympathy and understanding of the original structure, and perhaps its earlier uses, - and an imagination to grasp what is required in the new arrangement so as to create a happy fusion which will form a new building with its own pleasing and coherent personality.
This is a job for the professionals - and for those members of the architectural profession who are genuinely interested in old buildings as well as new - and with a special interest in problem solving of an unusual kind.
There is an excitement in the idea of reviving a building which has come to the end of one working cycle, and perhaps become an inconvenience or liability, - and in helping it back to life, set on a new useful or productive cycle sometimes different from its original purpose.