The ‘Ford Cottage’ site lay unused for many years partly because of its prestigious but somewhat demanding inhabitant, a listed Tudor Cottage, whose rehabilitation was a condition to any redevelopment plan. The developer Fenchurch Investments Limited and DLG architects rose to the challenge by successfully negotiating the relocation of the Tudor legacy.
The Ford Cottage should really be called the Chantry Cottage as Sue Sheppard from the Andover Vision Consortium explained when we met back in March. The Tudor building was historically named the Chantry Cottage due to its location on Chantry Street. Its most recent use, before the relocation, was a showroom for Ford cars. An unfortunate fact! The Urban Fallow team will from now on refer to this historical building as the Chantry Cottage!