Brackenhurst is an £8.4m new build Reception and Environment Centre for Nottingham Trent University that sits within a listed historic context. The scheme comprises reception area, teaching and lecture spaces, laboratories and a new café space and was designed in conjunction with a Wolfgang Buttress, who has designed a sculptural installation for the campus. The building is designed with low-carbon materials including CLT panels and has achieved BREEAM Excellent at design stage. Natural light plays a large role in the design, through the large roof lights and shuttered windows.
Funeral Directors, Buxton
The proposal involves creating a two-storey building for an expanding funeral directors organisation, with a garage to store part of their vehicle fleet. The programme has been arranged to cater for bereaved families with a reception, chapel, office, preparation and storage room at ground floor and two small offices and kitchenette at first floor. The site sits just outside the Southern edge of the ‘Higher Buxton’ character area in close proximity are also a number of church buildings including Buxton Community Church, Buxton Methodist Church and St Mary’s Church.
Private House, Oakerthorpe
Strongly influenced by the client’s design intentions and the existing context, this dwelling is both site and client specific. From the outset, the existing environment informed the development resulting in a building that sits well within the natural topography and exploits the passive opportunities presented by solar gain and thermal mass. The new house uses and extends the footprint of the existing dwelling, and is semi-submerged within the slope, maximising the south-facing aspect, whilst presenting a relatively modest frontage to the northern elevation. A single, ‘folded’ element forms a crescent-shaped plan which radiates from the current driveway to the upper approach level. As the roof drops down to the east and west of the dwelling it creates unexpected, interesting internal spaces, varied in height and ceiling form and externally this form further embeds the dwelling into the existing site context.
The Chalet, Wirksworth
The Chalet is a new 4 bedroomed family dwelling in a secluded, tree lined site. The first floor is largely open in plan, and large panels of glass afford panoramic views over the pond. The first floor is timber-clad and sits over a heavy limestone ‘plinth’. Sleeping accommodation is on the ground floor, with direct access from each room into the garden. The house is conceived as a simple and elegant block with a mono-pitch roof that anchors the house into the topography and opens up views to the south, whilst also providing solar shading to the large area of south facing glazing. A separate artist’s studio sits adjacent to the pond, over a small jetty, and references the main house in its design and style.
Dove House, Ashbourne
Dove House is an extension adjacent to a Grade 2* Listed care home in Ashbourne, originally dating from the early 18th Century. The sits within a void created through the excavation of an unusable slope, and provides 4 new en-suite ‘garden rooms’, which open directly onto the grounds of the house. A new pitched-roof lounge improves the facilities of the home generally and enables the existing internal layout to be reordered. The scheme looks to improve access generally around the site, as levels are rationalised. The flat roof of the new extension is landscaped as a garden terrace, which enhances the existing ‘garden rooms’, dating from the 1970s.
John Smedley Development, Lea Mills
This scheme redevelops the East Site at the John Smedley factory, which is currently redundant due to the increasingly streamlined modern production methods. The original Lea Mills were built in the 1700s. The complex of buildings continued to expand in line with increased production until the mid-1900s. The scheme will reintroduce life and community into this dormant cluster of buildings through the conversion of the East Mill building, the stock warehouse and the old doctor’s house. 2 rows of new-build houses will also be introduced on the site. In order to create terraces, and allow natural light to penetrate into the ground floor of the deep existing plan, a section of the East Mill saw-tooth roof will be removed to create light and liveable units.