We have added a further 2 projects to our portfolio, an amazing external terrace can be found in 'landscaping' and our 'house in the woods' can be viewed in 'extensions'.
Our client’s purchased this 1950’s property for its setting despite their dislike for the house itself! We worked with them to develop a scheme involving substantial extensions and structural alterations as well as landscape interventions. The side extension houses a generous, top-lit, open-plan kitchen and dining area whilst the rear extension provides a comfortable master bedroom suite with a private rooftop terrace overlooking the woodland setting that originally ‘sealed the deal’!
This small project makes a big impact! This property has access to particularly impressive vistas but, frustratingly, the former arrangement didn’t allow our client to enjoy the setting fully. We devised a scheme to alter and extend the existing, narrow, raised patio with a circular layout forming an external dining area.
The cylindrical form is wrapped in larch to sympathetically contrast with stonework which features heavily in the original building. A helical stone staircase, beautifully built by H.A Briddon of Tansley, leads to an external lower terrace providing further entertaining space for maximum enjoyment of the gardens and wider landscape.
We call it the 'Jabba'! It is a partially pre-fabricated, modular building which is being let out on an existing campsite in the Peak District.
The design allows the building to be assembled quickly and relatively easily, and the size can be reduced or increased to suit a variety of purposes such as a garden office/studio, a bird hide or an outdoor classroom.
The 'Jabba' is clad in rough sawn larch but many other materials could be used including slate, wriggly tin etc.
We were invited to look at what could be done with a huge bowling green in Hornscroft Park, Bolsover.
Unused for nine years, the green was becoming a problem to local residents as an informal gathering place for anti-social behaviour.
Working with Mary Wardle, a landscape designer, we proposed cutting gently sloping terraces into the green space. Edged with railway sleepers each terrace created an edge to sit on and an outdoor amphitheatre for formal or informal use within which 2000 people could gather.
We feel that it is important when designing a building to consider its context and therefore landscape design is something we are interested in. We also have access to external consultants who can assist with regards to landscaping matters including tree work, planting and flood risk.
We have undertaken projects that are primarily landscape focused such as school playgrounds at nursery and infant schools, work in recreational areas including skate parks and our outdoor amphitheatre in Bolsover. These projects are extremely rewarding.
After much hard work, initially on a voluntary basis, a grant was secured from Sport England.. The grant was used to provide a community park.
The fully implemented project will include new play equipment enclosed by dry stone circular walls rather than the usual dreary fences. This will give the scheme a sculptural feel and provide opportunities to utilise local building skills pertinent to Wirksworth.
The first phase is complete which includes a much-used skate park.