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Firm hopes to help restore crash cottage
AN architectural company specialising in the restoration of heritage sites is hoping it can play its part in saving an 18th century cottage from demolition.
Nixon Cottage is at risk of being knocked down after a high-powered car left a notorious road on the outskirts of Knutsford and embedded itself into the owner’s living room.
The Audi RS4, valued at £55,000, was being driven along the A50 in Over Peover towards Knutsford, when it left the road at 9.39am on September 16.
Owners Karen and Andy Rattary fear the ‘locally-listed’ building may have to be knocked down.
Last week, 46-year-old Andy told the Guardian it would take time before the future of the cottage was known.
He said: “We still don’t know what is going to happen. It has all go to be stripped back to see what damage has been done.”
It will be six to 12 months before the Rattary family can return to their home, but Booths Park-based Dickinson Waugh Architecture (DWA) hope they may be able to make the process a little easier and prevent a terrible ending.
Mike Maddocks, one of DWA’s partners, said: “I saw the photograph of the cottage in the Guardian and thought ‘what a crying shame’.
“We talked about it and decided that we would do whatever we could to help and are happy to meet with the owners and the engineers to see what we can do to get things moving.
“We will do a feasibility study free of charge.”
Mr Maddocks, who lives in Peover, said once the feasibility study is complete, any basic work will be carried out free of charge, while larger jobs would be carried out at cost value.
“We have worked on a number of heritage projects, including Whatcroft Hall,” he said.
“We just want to see if we can save it – it would be such a shame for it to be demolished.”
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