Location: Claverton Valley, Bath
Key Materials: Oak cladding, Clay pantiles, COR-TEN steel, Insulated concrete formwork, Rainwater harvesting, Passive solar heating, PV solar panels, Polished concrete flooring, Bat cave
Status: Completed 2016
Key Materials: Painted steel frame, Cedar cladding, Ashlar walling, Aluminium framed glass sliding doors
Occupying a hillside site with good views south over Bradford on Avon, this intricate project proved challenging due to the extent of structural works required to support the existing house above. Fortunate timing meant that our client was able to make use of the contractor who had recently completed a similarly challenging project at Cornbury Mill as well as sharing his desire to achieve high standards of finish.
The uncompromising design removes a lower section of bay window and replaces it with a larger, heavily glazed extension and wrap around slot window which allows natural light to penetrate deep into the house. Internal reorganisation provides much improved open plan living, dining and kitchen areas, facilitated by the installation of a fire resistant glazed screen and new timber staircase to the upper levels. The result is a light and bright multi-purpose room where the family spend much of their time together, providing a new direct and open relationship between house and garden.
Status: Awaiting Planning Permission
Key Materials: Fibre cement and cedar cladding, Cotswold stone rubble walling, Triple glazed window system, Cantilever structure
This scheme replaces an unremarkable 1930s house on an exceptional site, at the top of a steep south facing, wooded site overlooking the City of Bath. The site is in a special and spectacular location and demands a bold and high-quality scheme to take advantage of the opportunities that it offers.
The proposed new house sits almost exactly on the footprint of the existing house so that the wooded site can be maintained with minimal impact. In the summer the living rooms and the extensive balcony cantilever out into the tree canopies. In the winter the trees still screen the views from the city below towards this sensitive site, but the trees become a veil through which the city lights below can be glimpsed.
A drystone wall plinth forms the base of the building, with lightweight framed elements cantilevering off this base and reaching out into the tree canopies, and towards the sun and the views. The context of the site is more wooded hillside than any nearby buildings, so the base of the building references the predominant local building material, translating it from the urban ashlar walling of the nearby terraces, into the more naturalistic rubble walling, and the dark grey fibre cement cladding, partly overclad with cedar battens to reference the woods – predominantly dark and shady, with vertical timber elements.
Location: Cotswolds Water Park
Client: The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2014
Status: Competition entry submitted
Key Materials: Prefabricated timber frame, Timber cladding, MVHR system
Location: Langridge, Bath
Key Materials: Steel support structure, Oak shutters and doors, Biomass heating system
Status: Completed 2013
Key Materials: Insulated render, Aluminium framed triple track sliding door system, frameless glass roof light, patent glazing
Location: Westbury Park, Bristol
Status: Completed 2010
Key Materials: Cedar shingles, Composite timber, Aluminium window system
Location: Middle Stoke, Bath
Status: Under construction
Key Materials: Steel frame, Aluminium composite cladding, Cotswold stone, MVHR system, Green roof
This scheme proposes the replacement of a 1960s house overlooking the Avon Valley at Limpley Stoke. The site presents a number of challenges – the views out of the site are almost due North, making it quite difficult to get sunlight to penetrate the plan, and the Southern edge of the site – on which the existing house is sited – is an unstable slope.
The new house has to sit closer to the Northern boundary of the site, but views out over and down the Avon Valley are made possible by cantilevering the upper storey off a rubble stone base. The upper storey culminates in the master bedroom and bathroom which will have unparalleled views out over the landscape. The garden has been designed to slip over and under the house, with green roofs and covered terraces, embedding the building into the landscape.
The simple rectangular volume of the upper storey is clad in an aluminium cladding, which offers a slightly blurred refection of the surroundings, losing the edges and de-materialising the form of the upper storey.
Landscape design: B:D Landscape
Location: Box, Wiltshire
Client: Hardy House Gallery
Status: Phase 1 Complete
Key Materials: Bath Stone, Galvanised Steel, Patent glazing, Resin Concrete flooring, Ash timber flooring.
Hardy House was short listed for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2014
Location: Bathwick, Bath
Status: Completed 2012
Key Materials: Western Red Cedar, White brick, Blue engineering brick