Two New Houses, Northamptonshire

Two new build contemporary houses in a village Conservation Area
Planning Permission granted 2011, Developer Client
RD Architects, London Office

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Our client wished to redevelop part of a redundant area of land at the rear of a public house. The site was within the village Conservation Area and also adjoined a neighbouring Listed building. Our brief was to redevelop part of the site and to design and obtain planning permission for two new houses.

We combined a contemporary and conservation design approach. The site was enclosed by an old stone wall which was in very poor condition. Instead of seeking to remove the wall, we proposed to restore it and designed two new timber-framed contemporary houses to ‘float’ over it. By retaining the wall, we could also guarantee the survival of two mature trees at the front of the site. Our approach won the support of the Planning and Conservation Officers. The contemporary architecture also incorporated the latest environmental technology. We proposed that each house should use a ground source heat pump and photo-voltaic panels. The houses were designed to meet Code 4 for Sustainable Homes.

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