Tag Archives: SOUTH DERBYSHIRE

Sophie’s House

Our clients wanted a fully accessible house for their daughter within the grounds of their existing home.

The design is conceptualized as a walled secret garden, continuing from the existing boundary wall, and forms the north elevation of the new house. The heavily insulated walls are clad on the north side in render and with larch on the south.

Slot glazing minimizes heat loss on all elevations except the southern aspect, which enjoys views over the ‘secret garden’ and access out onto a south-facing patio.

The energy efficient house is fitted with a simple strip of Solar Photovoltaic panels which take full advantage of the near perfect orientation.

Wards shoe shop, Chesterfield

Our client was set to open a new store for their growing business within a shopping centre in Chesterfield. The time period between getting the keys and opening before Christmas was 2 weeks and so the programme was tight!

The fixtures and fittings were carefully planned, pre-fabricated and installed within the 2 week 'window' and the shop opened as planned. We think it looks great which is testament to the workmanship of local contractor H.A.Briddon Ltd. and the organisation of the client.

Potter Street

Our clients purchased a Grade II listed thatched cottage with a long sunny garden. The cottage had limited space, was cold, damp and expensive to heat. Thermal improvement of the existing fabric was constrained by the listed status, so a case was put together to extend to form a thermally superior part of the building for lounge and sleeping accommodation, with kitchen, dining and guest accommodation in the original house.

To avoid interfering with the thatched roof, a glazed link joins the old to the new, which is a contemporary timber framed structure with a mixture of traditional and modern materials. The project ultimately received an award from the Civic Society.

Hightrees

Our clients bought a house with a very austere appearance externally, and a ‘warren’ like interior.

We opened up the plan internally to create interest and admit more height within the building. In addition we remodelled the houses’ staircase.

To create additional kitchen and dining space our clients wanted to build a series of linked “pavilions” each with glazed pyramid roof lights and a planted roof. These structures “wrap around” the building which in turn adds life, texture and vitality to the original House.

Terraces accessed from the new spaces link the building and garden better and helped integrate the built elements with the landscape.
 

Sustainable Design

 Whilst sustainability is a key aspect of all of our projects some offer greater opportunities than others.

Our most published and visible project is the BASF house at Nottingham University which is designed to be low cost and require no heating. Our Sure Start children’s centre in Derby won, amongst other awards, the first East Midlands RIBA award for Sustainable Design.

As part of the design process we always sit down with our clients and discuss their energy needs and advise them as to how the design of a building can dramatically reduce energy consumption. Where possible we try to place buildings in a way which makes best use of natural resources and daylight.