The site, part of the grounds of a Grade One Listed building of some repute, was previously occupied by an uninspiring and out of place 1970s Swedish built timber cottage. My client, with whom we worked on several projects over a number of years, asked us to look at redevelopment.
The design of the house evolved from discussions with the local conservation officer and contained a substantial basement with pool, gymnasium and home cinema; a ground floor with reception rooms, orangery, dining rooms and kitchen space; and a first floor with a number of fine bedroom suites. The second floor was allocated to staff accommodation. Garaging and out buildings were also provided.
The dwelling was designed to be carbon neutral with super insulated walls, floor and roofs and energy generation equipment to ensure that all demands were covered even at peak times.
The initial application was refused despite earlier assurances from planning officers however we have since been instrumental in a change of planning policy within the district that would now ensure its success if a subsequent application were to be submitted. My client however has in the interim relocated to follow interests in the southern hemisphere.