River Bank Houses, Lincolnshire

A pair of detached contemporary houses on the bank of the River Welland
Planning Permission granted 2010, Developer Client
RD Architects, London Office

Rodić Davidson Architects were appointed to provide architectural services to develop a former car park adjacent to the River Welland in Spalding, Lincolnshire. We engaged at an early stage with the local Planning Department. We had previously secured consent for a neighbouring site (Two New Houses, Lincolnshire) and we had built a relationship with the planning officers. The site was extremely prominent, forming part of the man-made bank immediately adjacent to the river. The planners required that the buildings should be single storey and that they be designed to meet the flood-risk requirements of British Waterways. The proximity to the river was a real attraction and we sought to maximise this unique location. We positioned the new houses toward the rear of the site, thereby minimising flood risk as much as possible. The design approach led to narrow, linear houses. The Council’s Residential Architectural Design Standards promoted sustainable architectural design and we proposed timber frame construction – thereby minimising embodied energy and allowing the residential highest standards of sustainable architectural design. The views from the upper floors were very good and so both houses were designed with the living accommodation on the top floor, each with access to a terrace overlooking the river.

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