Parkside is a mixed-use development located in the beautiful Derbyshire spa town of Matlock consisting of 10 high quality residential apartments over 4 ground floor retail units.
At the heart of the Conservation Area, it occupies an oblong-shaped brownfield site immediately adjacent the town’s landmark Olde Englishe Hotel, beyond which Dale Road provides the main vehicular route into town. The location also offers convenient acces to town centre shops and the main transport interchange via the footbridge through Hall Leys Park.
A sheltered arcade at street level within the south elevation is an important feature and distinguishes the public realm from the private. Away from the retained public car park, residents’ access and protected undercroft parking are positioned to the rear, from which a fully accessible circulation core rises up through the building.
The internal configuration is manipulated to maximise openings to the south and views over the park. Each unit benefits from either South-facing rooftop terrace or deep, sheltered balcony.
External ramped access at street level enables wheelchair users to travel safely along a route, protected from car park traffic.
Considerable effort was made to ensure details were robust alongside those of the historical buildings, and present a sense of suitable solidity and quality. The penthouse storey and Oriel windows are clad in copper, with traditional standing seams. Installed bright mill finished, then allowed to settle over time into a darkened matt surface, the natural tawny patina now compliments the tones of red plain clay tiles of the adjacent hotel and of nearby trees.
High Edge is a new family dwelling built on a very steep hill site overlooking Matlock Bath and the River Derwent.
The project is an excellent example of how knowledge of local history can influence design and lead to inspiring architecture - the area was promoted as ‘Little Switzerland’ over a century ago and the idea of a contemporary Swiss chalet became the architectural ‘Leitmotif’ for the scheme.
The house sits effortlessly on the steep site and turns a challenging setting into a great asset. The Alpine concept results in an outward-facing gable under a prominent roof; the sloping ceiling can be experienced everywhere on the upper floor and provides an uplifting variety of individual, well-proportioned spaces.
High Edge sits comfortable in its surroundings and displays an impressive range of traditional and contemporary craftsmanship applied to materials sourced local and abroad. The design overcame numerous constraints during the planning and construction phases and yet all aspects of the project feel well considered and neither laboured nor compromised.
The stunning long views across the valley can be enjoyed throughout the house and the careful choices of materials, delicate details and an eclectic mix of fittings give the house an engaging and unique character. Numerous architectural gestures offer delightful surprises, for example an internal balcony overlooking the living area
The clients, a local family, wanted to build an environmentally sensitive house to replace a straggling 1960's bungalow. The site sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is built with natural local materials to sensitively blend into its hillside location while being clearly 'of its time', and taking maximum advantage of its spectacular setting. The stunning view towards the sea is first glimpsed on arrival, before being gradually revealed as one moves through the house.
'We wanted to put on record our gratitude to the skill. dedication and effort you have put in. We couldn't be happier with the end product.' Andrew Alderson, Client
We were approached with the brief of creating a contemporary and more user-friendly home as the owners aged. The site was a long thin grassy slope that takes in the views across the valley. It held an existing outline planning permission for a 3-bed house that was constrained to the top corner of the site, to avoid an existing sewer that crossed the site.
To make the most of the view and utilize the slope of the land the existing sewer was diverted. The new home took a simple clean form, being split into the 'living' and 'sleeping' areas. The house is entered via the lower floor with stairs leading up to the living block. The sleeping area is separated from the living area by an enclosed sunroom and sits as a single storey on higher ground to the rear of the site.
This house grew out of a dilapidated barn on a hillside in the west Pennines. The farrnhouse is replaced with a new wing of accommodation behind a wall that is sculpted into the landscape with copper roof and stone walls. The wing is joined to the convened barn by a glazed link with a timber bridge. A 3 metre square glass bay cantilevers from the gable end of the barn providing breathtaking views and flooding the barn with natural light.
'It is a complete reinterpretation, a new house for the 21st century. Yet the old barn remains as the dominant accent, providing a memory of what once was.' Peter Blundell Jones, Architects Journal. 07.02.08
Our clients wanted to link their grade II listed cottage with the adjoining barn. We saw the opportunity to create an eating/relaxing space with an outdoor feel. The all-glass structure used was the first example in the country in an exposed location and has performed exceptionally well. We took great care with the details to enhance the juxtaposition of traditional and modern materials.
The all glass link in this house conversion is one of those rare occasions when a modest intervention completely transforms a building by opening up views and connections... deceptively simple. Peter Blundell Jones, Architects Journal, May 1998