The proposal will provide a contemporary seven bedroom family home with expansive uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside.
The site comprises several existing buildings which have had a number of alterations to them over the years, most notably as a result of the site’s previous institutional and agricultural uses. Most of these buildings will be demolished in the proposals and replaced with a seven bedroom contemporary home. Dove Cottage, an existing historic building that features rich architectural detailing, will be sensitively converted into a swimming pool and gymnasium.
The dwelling is positioned to take advantage of the site’s sloping topography and will have expan-sive uninterrupted views over the surrounding countryside. It will benefit from high levels of natural light and passive solar gain with the vast majority of living spaces being south facing.
A series of flat planted roofs will emphasise the horizontal character of the design externally whilst also reducing the visual impact of the dwelling upon the landscape. These roofs will overhang the walls of the house to provide solar shading in the warmer months. The facades will also feature a series of ‘set-backs’ to enable rooms to be dual aspect whilst also adding depth and character to the elevations.
The house will be very sustainable and benefit from low running costs. It will be partially earth-sheltered and built with a standard of construction that exceeds the current Building Regulations. Large areas of opening glazing will allow the house to take advantage of passive solar gain and natural ventilation; a ground source heat pump and photovoltaic panels will provide heat and generate electricity.
Schemes for smaller dwellings designed by other Architects were previously refused planning permission for this site and this project demonstrates our ability to add value to a project through good design.
Construction is due to commence in early 2019.
“the building is undoubtedly a high quality contemporary design which has been designed to complement the surrounding traditional existing buildings whilst not over dominating them”
Rutland County Council
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