Two New Houses, Lincolnshire

A pair of 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 part of a large garden adjacent to the River Welland in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

We engaged at an early stage with the local Planning Department. We won their strong support the contemporary and sustainable design that we proposed. In spite of considerable neighbour objection our proposed contemporary architectural design was approved under the council’s delegated powers with their comment that the‘unashamedly contemporary’ design would ‘reinforce the varied character’ of the streetscape.

However, the contemporary architectural design evolved from pragmatic and commercial thought. The houses were to have a timber frame – thereby being quicker and cheaper to erect. The embodied energy used in the construction was to be kept as low as possible – thereby allowing us to achieve the 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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